Francisco Lindor, Javier Báez and Kevin Pillar were among those Mets players to flash thumbs-down signs after their hits today.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 29, 2021
"When we don't get success, we're going to get booed," Báez explained afterward. "So they [the fans] are going to get booed when we get success." pic.twitter.com/TGX55fQM2O
From the NY DAILY NEWS
“In my case, they [the fans] gotta be better. I play for the fans and I love the fans. But if they’re going to do that, they’re just putting more pressure on the team. That’s not what we want.”-Báez
No Javy. You have to be better. You get paid millions to play a game. You get pressure in your job. That's part of your job. Maybe you are upset because this is a walk year for you and your numbers aren't what you hoped that they were going to be and thats the "pressure" you are feeling. Stop blaming the fans.
And the Mets responded with this.
The Mets have issued a statement. It reads….
In a post-game press conference today, Javy Baez stated that his “thumbs down” gesture during the game was a message to fans who recently have booed him and other players for poor performance. These comments, and any gestures by him or other players with a similar intent, are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Mets fans are understandably frustrated over the team’s recent performance. The players and the organization are equally frustrated, but fans at Citi Field have every right to express their own disappointment. Booing is every fan’s right.
The Mets will not tolerate any player gesture that is unprofessional in its meaning or is directed in a negative way toward our fans. I will be meeting with our players and staff to convey this message directly.
Mets fans are loyal, passionate, knowledgeable and more than willing to express themselves. We love them for every one of these qualities.
-Hat tip to Metspolice.com
I am glad the Mets put out a statement like this but here is my problem with it. Folks were saying that my cousin Shannon over at Metspolice and myself were being ridiculous because of us not being fans of the LFGM and Alonso's shirt he is selling with his fictitious coach flipping off whoever he is flipping off. That is the culture that is being brought to the forefront of the players on this team. What kind of attitude are the players going to have on this team going forward? Báez hasn't been here long enough to even place his order at Starbucks for his cup of coffee to be upset by the booing.
Lindor is going to be in for a rough long contract if he doesn't turn it around starting next season. Can you imagine the boos he is going to be getting for the length of the contract if he doesn't live up to it after this?
Pete Alonso. You think of yourself as one of the leaders on this team. What do you have to say to your teammates? What do you say to your fans?
I personally don't like when fans boo. I especially don't like it when you know the player is busting their ass and playing hard but can't catch a break when they are playing. I do get it when fans want to boo a player who looks like he doesn't care about how he plays and is collecting his paycheck and doesn't try to make plays that are easy. No hustle players I totally get folks wanting to boo. I won't do it myself but they have a right to do it fit something like this is going down.
Mets fans can never have an easy season.
Updated from Steve Cohen
I miss the days when the biggest controversy was the black jerseys— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) August 30, 2021
Anyone feel like "Uncle" Steve is the Uncle at family parties that sometimes can't read the room?