When hurling online insults, do you flex on or toward someone? I’m not “in the know: on the vernacular kids use these days. I thought TikTok was a teenage girl’s band for about a year. Either which way, New York Mets owner popped his cyber biceps Sunday night following the team’s win with a flex aimed directly at Javier Baez haters:
So much has changed in a week. The Mets have won all but a single game and are right now within projectile vomiting distance of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East.
The vibe around the team is actually good. The hitters have woken up and despite some tightrope-walking wins, the club is finding a way to put a tally on the left side of the standings.
Mets owner Steve Cohen is a big fan of Javier Baez
When Cohen tweets the world reads! The face of the franchise in 2021, Cohen is never short on opinions about the team: good or bad. Usually unconditionally good.
Can we blame him? This is the team he owns. He can’t hop on social media and berate his employees. That’s not what a boss is supposed to do. They are meant to set an example for the rest of the company. They delegate the duties to others.
Consistent with Cohen’s social media persona, the Mets owner has continued to throw fire at those who doubt the team. In defense of those who have given up hope, the club has certainly made it tough to believe.
Something all Mets employees must realize is that this is about much more than the 2021 season. Fans have been hurt before. When they drop out of first place in such a painful way as this team did in the month of August, it shouldn’t stun anyone to see fans turn their attention elsewhere a little more often.
A major part of the team’s recent run definitely has something to do with the weak opponents on the schedule. It’s not their fault the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals turned their logos into white flags this year—the former doing so just about every season.
Baez has been front and center in this recent run of wins, too. It all began with a game-scoring run in the team’s first game after last week’s thumb controversy. Baez has already hit a pair of home runs this month and has a .389 batting average to go with it. Certainly a small sample size of only 5 games, it’s a promising indication that maybe the team won’t need All-Star level pitching each day in order to be successful.
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The slugging and OPS numbers don’t lie. The Mets are wide awake again and the owner has taken notice.