Baez was asked in his postgame interview what the thumbs-down “celebration” after a big hit meant. I think this is one of the rare cases where Baez was probably better of lying instead of telling the truth. Baez said they (the players) are “booing” the fans when they succeed because the fans boo them when they do not succeed.
Now while I do understand and agree with another thing he said, which was how they (the players) are not machines and they are going to struggle, he also has to realize how bad the team has played lately, and being booed is, unfortunately, part of the game.
At the end of the day, these men are being paid millions of dollars to play a kids game, if you cannot handle being booed while being paid that kind of money, step aside because there are plenty of people who would gladly trade spots with you. I personally would be thrilled to be paid millions of dollars for people to boo me when I strike out 5 times in a single game.
Javier Baez chose war with Mets fans and will regret it rather quickly.
Baez has only been here a month but he has to realize the boos have been kind of warranted.
At the end of the day on July 31st, the Mets were 55-48 and 4 games ahead in the division. Baez made his Mets debut that day and helped them win with a home run in his debut. Fast forward a month later to August 29th, the Mets have a record of 63-67 and are 7.5 games back in the division. Now while I am not personally a fan of booing my own team’s players, I can understand why so many fans have. Going 8-19 in about a month’s worth of games will you booed, especially in a big market city with high expectations like New York.
If Baez thought the boos were bad before, he’s in for a rude awakening his first at-bat the next game he plays. New York fans do not forget a lot, and they’ll make sure he knows that. Baez will soon realize that Mets fans and New York fans, in general, are extremely passionate about their teams.
If the Mets were to turn around quickly and play some solid baseball he’ll see how many cheers he and the team will get, along with how loud fans can be when they play well. I’m sure Baez would forget rather quickly about all the boos he and others have gotten.
To make Baez’s comments all that more interesting, Francisco Lindor has been tied up in the middle of this mess as he and Kevin Pillar also did the thumbs down “celebration” during Sunday’s game. Pillar is not as controversial since he’ll probably be a free agent following this season due to a team option next season, but Lindor on the other hand is here for ten more seasons.
Lindor has commented on being booed by fans before this season, and while he has not been thrilled by it, he has not directly called out the fans like Baez has. Lindor was actually recently interviewed just before returning from his IL stint and admitted he has not done a good job at the plate this season, he did say his defense and baserunning were a different story which I do agree with though.
Regardless, it is not a great look when our $341 million dollar shortstop that will be here for the following 10 seasons is “booing” the fans back in his first season.
Like I said previously, I am personally not a fan of booing my own team’s players, but they have to realize they have played pretty horribly the past month. With that being said, booing the fans back will not help the situation. Like mom always said, two wrongs don’t make a right.
Do you think the boos Baez and the rest of the Mets have received have been warranted?