I go to a lot of Mets games
I can just about drive to Citi Field blindfolded at this point.
Some of the best memories of my life have been had at Citi Field and Shea Stadium.
With that being said, I’ve seen a lot of bad baseball in Flushing.
Let’s be real. I love the Mets but they can make you want to pull your hair out.
I’ve seen enough collapses, balks, bullpen meltdowns and base running blunders to last a lifetime.
I don’t think I’ve ever booed a player though.
You wanna boo somebody? Who am I to judge? You’ve paid for tickets, tolls and parking.
Like I said, it’s not really in my nature to boo my own guys, but hey. It is a free country after all.
Players booing the fans, though? That’s certainly a new one for me.
Javier Báez, Francisco Lindor and Kevin Pillar gave the crowd at Citi Field today a thumbs down gesture after a 9-4 win over the Nationals, a team currently fielding a Double-A lineup.
Baez explained the gesture to the media after the game.
“We’re not machines,” Baez said. “We’re going to struggle seven times out of 10. It just feels bad when … I strike out and get booed. It doesn’t really get to me but I want to let them know that when we’re successful, we’re going to do the same thing to let them know how it feels.”
So I have a question.
Who’s the leader of this team? I’m not talking about Rojas vs. analytics.
I’m saying who is the guy in this clubhouse who should have stood up and shut down this ludicrous idea as soon as it was suggested?
I guess that guy doesn’t exist.
My God. Pick your spots.
You have the third highest payroll in baseball and you’re in third place in arguably the worst division in baseball.
You’ve just gone up against the Dodgers and Giants two times each, got swept twice and went 2-11 overall. During that horrific stretch the Braves took a 7.5 game lead in the NL East.
This is what you guys cooked up in the clubhouse?
Again. I don’t boo my players or advocate for the booing of players.
But on my list of priorities for the Mets, winning is at the top of the list. Getting the last laugh over annoying fans is at the bottom.
This is like when fans in Mets Facebook groups rush to post “where are all the haters now?” after a Quadruple-A player finally gets a hit after a 0-30 stretch.
I know Met fans can be ridiculous. Baez hit a missile today which landed in the second deck and gave the Mets the lead. When he struck out in his next at bat he was booed.
So where does this leave us?
Well, I guess that leaves us 7.5 games out of first with two days left in August.
Nothing to do now but win. Because right or wrong, a rock has been thrown at the hornets nest. Sports talk radio hosts are salivating right now because the calls will be pouring in non stop.
So if the Mets can start winning and keep winning? This will be something we can look back at and laugh.
Things will get ugly.