Father’s Day will likely be a grand slam for Mets superstar Francisco Lindor.
The perpetually smiling 27-year-old switch-hitting shortstop plans to have fun along with his “Pops,” Miguel Lindor, the person who made him who he’s at this time on and off the diamond, whereas basking within the glow of his personal newfound fatherhood to 7-month-old daughter Kalina.
“Very exciting times in my life, man,” Lindor advised The Post.
More like Amazin’ instances. Billionaire Mets proprietor Steve Cohen opened his weighty pockets in March to present the five-tool participant referred to as “Mr. Smile” $341 million over 10 years. The staff is in first place regardless of a rash of accidents, and Lindor is batting almost .300 during the last three weeks following a gradual begin.
Francisco credit his hard-driving dad with instructing him the sport and instilling the mantra — “be consistent” — on and off the sphere.
Back within the day in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, Papa Lindor would pepper Francisco, aka Paquito, with floor balls to sharpen his son’s abilities. Dad would stand midway up a small slope subsequent to their house and Francisco, his older brother Miguel and his cousin Christian Figueroa, would wait on the backside — with an ominous thicket of bushes lurking behind them.
“He would hit the yellow rubber balls and if I missed them they would go in the bushes and I hated going into those bushes because I was little, I was scared,” Lindor recalled. “God knows what was in there.”
Lindor doesn’t hesitate when requested to share the traits he will get from his dad: “My stubborness and my willingness to compete, compete. Don’t back down from anything. And to believe I’m the best. But do it in a humble way. My dad never said, ‘Talk and express how good you are.’ He said, ‘Let the people know with your actions how good you are.’”
Asked if his dad was a good ballplayer, Lindor quipped: “He acted like he was.” Whenever his dad grabs a bat, he assumes the stance of the beloved, late Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, additionally a son of Puerto Rico.
Despite Lindor’s years of All-Star stage play within the majors, his 64-year-old Papa Miguel — who resides in Florida — stays a stickler for excellence.
“Ooh, he’s still tough love,” Lindor says.
He’ll inform dad, “Pops, I’m a four-time All-Star. I’m the face of this franchise. I’m the face of New Balance. Don’t overlook I’ve received two Silver Sluggers. I’ve received two Gold Gloves, Pops. I’m doing OK.
“He nonetheless will get mad at me as a result of I’ll strike out, roll over, pop up. My dad is hard. He’s very onerous to please.
“My dad understands my swing. My dad all the time mentioned, ‘This is what you are not doing, this is where you have to get better and this is how you do it.’ That’s it. … There was no like, ‘Hey, Good job.’ … That’s why I’m who I’m at this time.
“People can boo me, people can scream at me, people can criticize me and say a bunch of different things to me, but the hardest critiques I’ve taken from my life have come from my dad. To this day, it’s the one that affects me the most. It’s not fans, it’s not teammates, it’s not coaches. It’s my dad.”
The superstar had this Father’s Day message for his dad: “Pops, thank you so much for devoting your life to me and my siblings. You have done an amazing job raising five kids … who have become good adults, caring, good-hearted adults. I’m extremely proud to call you my dad and I thank the good Lord everyday for making me your son.”
Lindor burns to convey a bunch of championships to Flushing, however confessed the beginning of his daughter has been a game-changer.
“There’s no more bad days at the field anymore, man. This is truly a blessing. I get to come home and see this little girl smile and not care whether her daddy went 0-4 or 4-4. She has no idea. She just smiles.”
On the day he was traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Mets, Lindor introduced he was engaged to Katia Reguero, the mom of his daughter. On Friday afternoon, Reguero posted a loving tribute on her Instagram story: “Everyday is Father’s Day, so happy (early) 1st Father’s Day to Kalina’s daddy!”
As for Kalina, will she be the subsequent Lindor fielding hard-hit grounders within the yard?
“Nah, nah, nah. I want her to do whatever she wants in life. But I like tennis. … I would love for her to play tennis. But her mother is a musician, so we’ll see what route she picks.”