(CBSNewYork)- The 2021 season has not precisely gone the way in which that the Mets, or their followers, had hoped it might. At 63-67, the staff is in third place within the N.L. East division, 7.5 video games again of the Atlanta Braves. The staff has misplaced seven of its final 10 video games and are 8-19 within the month of August.
These current performances have introduced out the boos from Mets followers which apparently rankled second baseman commerce deadline acquisition Javier Baez and different members of the staff. After hitting a 444-foot homer in Sunday’s 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals, Baez might be seen giving a “thumbs down” gesture which he defined afterwards was a message to the fans.
“It feels unhealthy once I strike out and I get booed. It doesn’t actually get to me, however I wish to allow them to know that when we have now success, we’re going to do the identical factor, to let [fans] know the way it feels,” Baez told reporters. “…They received to be higher. I play for the followers and love the followers. In the event that they’re going to try this, they’re going to place extra stress on the staff.”
The feedback from Baez weren’t taken properly by Mets followers who reacted negatively on Twitter.
This may be the worst factor I’ve ever seen as a baseball fan – you’re a skilled baseball player, the followers have each proper to let you know the way they’re feeling.
— Andrew (@CoachAndyDepp) August 29, 2021
Hey Javy. Do you notice your fan base is thirsting for you and the staff to play higher? Have you learnt how a lot cash a fan spends to observe the staff? Flip your thumbs up my pal. As a result of these followers pay your wage.
— James A Goldoni (@GoldoniJames) August 29, 2021
Hours later, the staff launched an announcement from staff president Sandy Alderson saying that the feedback from Baez had been “completely unacceptable” and that he could be assembly with the gamers and coaches to specific that message instantly.
“In a post-game press convention in the present day, Javy Baez acknowledged that his “thumbs down” gesture throughout the sport was a message to followers who not too long ago have booed him and different gamers for poor efficiency. These feedback, and any gestures by him or different gamers with an identical intent, are completely unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.
Mets followers are understandably annoyed over the staff’s current efficiency. The gamers and the group are equally annoyed, however followers at Citi Subject have each proper to specific their very own disappointment. Booing is each fan’s proper.
The Mets won’t tolerate any player gesture that’s unprofessional in its that means or is directed in a damaging approach towards our followers. I will probably be assembly with our gamers and employees to convey this message instantly.
Mets followers are loyal, passionate, educated and greater than keen to specific themselves. We love them for each certainly one of these qualities.”
The Mets have 30 video games left this season with 15 of these set to be performed in entrance of the followers at Citi Subject.
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