As Javier Baez descended the dugout steps at Citi Area after ending up a couple of minutes with the media Tuesday, a fan yelled to him, “Javy, we simply wish to win right here, bro.”
“Me too,” Baez replied.
Baez, Francisco Lindor and the Mets tried to do injury management following Baez’s revelation Sunday that a thumbs-down celebration a couple of gamers had been utilizing in latest video games was in response to booing followers.
“I didn’t imply to offend anyone. And if I offended anyone, we apologize,” Baez mentioned lower than an hour earlier than the beginning of a break up doubleheader in opposition to the Marlins. “We’re simply attempting to maneuver ahead and go away this within the again.”
Each gamers tried to make clear the that means of the gesture, saying it was directed extra on the dugout than on the crew’s followers.
Baez had mentioned Sunday: “I wish to let [the fans] know that when now we have success we’re going to do the identical factor to allow them to know the way it feels.”
On Tuesday, he mentioned: “That is one thing that I’ve performed prior to now, in opposition to the opposite crew. I did it in LA to the dugout. I’d say one thing fallacious about I used to be booing the followers.
“I actually meant like, to boo me now, and to not the followers, however our dugout. I’ve performed it in opposition to different groups. I didn’t say the followers are unhealthy. Like, I like the followers. I simply felt like we have been alone. Like, the followers wish to win and so they pay our wage like all people says. We wish to win too. The frustration received to us.”
Supervisor Luis Rojas acknowledged the Mets held a crew assembly earlier than the sport, however didn’t expose specifics of who was in attendance past saying that Baez and Lindor “confirmed up and so they have been accountable.”
“They informed us to be ourselves. Clearly we’re going to be skilled and we’re going to cease it for the love of the followers,” Baez mentioned. “This was a few days again and that is going to remain within the again. The followers can do no matter they need. They’re gonna do them, and we are able to’t management that. We simply wish to win, because the entrance workplace [does], and the followers.”
Mets president Sandy Alderson had known as the thumbs-down gesture as a response to the followers “completely unacceptable,” whereas proprietor Steve Cohen informed The Submit’s Joel Sherman on Monday that these gamers – additionally together with Kevin Pillar – “hit the third rail…messing with followers.”
“Glad to listen to our gamers apologizing to the followers,” Cohen tweeted Tuesday. “Let’s get behind our gamers at this time and exit and win 2 at this time!”
Baez might be a free agent after this season following his deadline acquisition from the Cubs, however Lindor is signed for 10 extra seasons and is owed $341 million after a commerce final winter from Cleveland.
“We did it. We went over it, nonetheless, it was fallacious and I apologize to whoever I offended,” Lindor mentioned. “It was not my intent to offend folks. I can’t go in opposition to the followers. I’ve by no means performed it in my profession. We play for the followers…for our teammates, for the entrance workplace, for our households, for the town. With that being mentioned, I apologize. It don’t look good on our half.”