The Mets’ “thumbs-down” fiasco doesn’t appear to be bothering Francisco Lindor an excessive amount of.
The crew’s $341 million shortstop spent his off day Monday along with his household watching Andy Murray tackle third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas on the U.S. Open. Lindor could possibly be seen flashing his signature smile whereas holding his daughter Kalina and sitting with fiancée Katia Reguero inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The nice afternoon got here a day after Lindor, Javier Baez and Kevin Pillar discovered themselves in an disagreeable scenario when the which means behind the gamers’ thumbs-down gesture was revealed. Baez stated after the Mets’ 9-4 win over the Nationals at Citi Discipline on Sunday that the hand sign was getting used to reply to the followers booing the crew throughout its latest struggles which have knocked it out of a playoff spot.
“[It’s] to let [fans] know once we don’t have success we’re going to get booed, so they’re going to get booed when we now have success,” Baez stated.
The gestures and what they signify have been slammed in a Sunday night time assertion from crew president Sandy Alderson, who known as them “completely unacceptable and stated they “won’t be tolerated.” Group proprietor Steve Cohen solely instructed The Submit’s Joel Sherman on Monday that the gamers “hit the third rail” by messing with the followers. Lindor has but to publicly deal with the scenario.
Lindor did take time to signal autographs for followers on the U.S. Open, as seen in a Newsday video. A fan at one level yelled to him, “Hey Frankie, thumbs-up any more, child” and “no extra thumbs-down.” Lindor responded with a thumbs-up and a smile.
Lindor, 27, signed a 10-year, $341 million contract extension with the crew after being acquired in a commerce with the Indians this previous offseason and already has a rocky relationship with Mets followers. He was booed closely as he struggled early on and once more just lately.
“It’s attention-grabbing and it’s humorous and it sucks,” Lindor stated in April after being booed at Citi Discipline. “It doesn’t really feel proper, for certain. Attention-grabbing, as a result of that is the primary time that it occurred in my profession, and humorous as a result of I’m getting booed and folks suppose I’m gonna go dwelling and take into consideration why I’m getting booed. I get it. They’re booing as a result of there’s no outcomes. That’s it. They count on outcomes, I count on outcomes and I get it. It’s a part of the job.
Lindor’s first season in Queens has been a misplaced one. He’s hitting simply .224, with 10 dwelling runs, 38 RBIs and a .686 OPS and missed greater than a month due to a strained proper indirect. The Mets are at present 7 ¹/₂ video games behind the first-place Braves within the NL East.