Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor apologize to Mets fans after thumbs down fiasco
New York Mets stars Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor found themselves in hot water recently when Baez revealed the thumbs down gesture they and Mets teammates have been doing after big plays was a response to fans booing them for poor play. The comments drew a swift rebuke from the Mets organization and caused an uproar among fans and media.
Well, Baez and Lindor are now apologizing and won’t be doing the thumbs down thing moving forward:
Here’s Javy Báez apologizing to the Mets fans and saying they didn’t mean to offend anybody pic.twitter.com/0f2eAZtuSW
— Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) August 31, 2021
Lindor apologized for the thumbs down gesture, said it was wrong, that he didn’t mean to offend. Said New York fans and media are more “honest” and open with their thoughts and he respects that. Talked a lot about how long he plans to be in Queens and how he just wants to win.
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) August 31, 2021
It’s no surprise that these apologies came after the massive backlash. However, while the gesture and the comments about it probably weren’t the best move, a lot of people blew this issue out of proportion and made it a bigger deal than it really is. Of course, fans are going to be upset if they’re criticized for booing players who aren’t performing up to standards, so it’s not like that backlash was surprising either.
The Mets and their fans should now just move on from this. It shouldn’t be held against either of these players, and surely all would be forgiven if New York turned its season around and got back in the playoff picture.
That’s going to be a tall order, though, as the Mets are seven games out of first place in the NL East and 6.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. After spending a good chunk of the season in first, the team has absolutely tanked over the last month, putting them in this precarious situation.
Lindor has had an especially rough go of it this season after signing a massive contract. Baez recently just came over to New York from the Chicago Cubs in a trade right before the deadline. These two guys will now focus on getting the Mets back on the right track after this controversy.