Javier Baez rips Mets fans for booing during recent skid
New York Mets second baseman Javier Baez has issued his disapproval over the recent booing from fans amid the team’s notable struggles.
As of late, Mets fans at Citi Field have shown clear frustration with the team’s sluggish play. They have rung out loud boos towards the players and even to manager Luis Rojas. Most notably, chants of “Fire Rojas” were ringing throughout Citi Field during the Mets’ recent 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Fire Rojas chant pic.twitter.com/U0OoFUG9Fd
— GC (@VaIverdeSZN) August 26, 2021
Baez has clearly had enough of the booing from Mets fans. In speaking after the Mets’ 9-4 series finale win over the Washington Nationals, Baez noted that the recent thumbs down celebration that the team has been going with as of late is a response to booing from fans.
“It’s the boos that we get,” Baez said. “We are not machines. We are going to struggle seven times out of 10. It feels bad when I strike out and I get booed. It doesn’t really get to me, but I want to let them know that when we’re successful, we’re going to do the same thing, to let them know how it feels. If we win together, then we gotta lose together.
“In my case, they (the fans) gotta be better. It’s just how I feel. I love the fans I like playing for the fans, but we can’t have our fans against us.”
Javier Báez says the thumbs down celebration is in response to the fans booing the team
"I play for the fans and I love the fans but if they're gonna do that, they're putting more pressure on the team" pic.twitter.com/cjUER4M2Pt
— SNY (@SNYtv) August 29, 2021
Mets manager Luis Rojas subsequently responded to Baez’s comments, where he noted that the booing from fans is something that the two-time All-Star is “probably getting used to.”
The Mets have been going with this celebration for weeks now. For one, Francisco Lindor notably issued a thumbs-down celebration following his triple in the team’s series opener against the Nationals.
Francisco Lindor hustles for the triple! pic.twitter.com/oXOOwMnzrQ
— SNY (@SNYtv) August 27, 2021
New York currently holds a 63-67 record and is in third place in the NL East standings.
If the Mets’ recent struggles carry over into the upcoming final month of the season, they may continue to hear loud boos from their fans on a game-by-game basis.