Mets supervisor Luis Rojas didn’t again up the rat or raccoon story concocted by Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil, and neither did performing normal supervisor Zack Scott.
Something happened in the tunnel connecting the Mets dugout to its clubhouse Friday night between the 2 infielders, and on Saturday, Scott addressed no matter that was with out providing any particulars, however making some eyebrow-raising feedback.
Among these, Scott stated he wouldn’t have dealt with it the way in which the 2 gamers did, with their phrases making it seem to be a fabrication to cowl up one thing extra severe. Scott additionally described it as “not ideal.”
“You’d have to ask the players that, why they chose to handle it that way,” Scott stated earlier than the Mets hosted the Diamondbacks at Citi Field. “It’s positively not how I’d go. What’s unlucky is it’s just a little little bit of an even bigger story than it must be, and it takes away from considered one of our greatest wins of the yr.
“The best way to handle these things is be as transparent as you can be without divulging things that people don’t want out there, to address it, to hit things head on,” Scott added. “I’m not saying that to criticize what the players did [Friday] night. Wouldn’t be my recommendation, and no one in the organization would make that recommendation to handle it that way, but what’s what they chose to do for whatever reason.”
In the center of the seventh inning of the Mets’ come-from-behind, 5-4, 10-inning win Friday night time, Lindor and McNeil gave the impression to be concerned in some kind of commotion within the tunnel off the dugout. Several teammates subsequently raced down the tunnel, out of the view of tv cameras.
In the highest of the seventh inning, Arizona’s Nick Ahmed received an infield single after hitting a floor ball between McNeil and Lindor. Both hesitated going for the ball, earlier than Lindor fielded it, however threw to first too late to get Ahmed. McNeil known as it a miscommunication and Lindor faulted himself. It wasn’t the primary time one thing like this has occurred.
“The communication on ground balls is something that Francisco is very active on, and McNeil is as well,” Rojas stated. “One gets in agreement with the other, either someone’s going to cut in front or another is going to behind, and that’s how it should be. It’s happened a couple times where they both go into the same lane and they have to put on the brakes and the ball gets through.”
After the sport, Lindor stated he noticed a rat someplace down the tunnel, however McNeil claimed it was a raccoon. Both appeared in good spirits as they laughed in regards to the state of affairs. Rojas, who didn’t associate with the story on Friday night time, stated he has spoken to McNeil and Lindor, in addition to with different gamers, in regards to the incident in query. The supervisor acknowledged there was a disagreement of some sort, however didn’t imagine it’s one thing that can linger or negatively impression the staff.
“You always create opportunities when things are said and you can have conversations about it,” Rojas stated. “We get along here as a family. We’re brothers. There’s agreements, there’s disagreements, and at the end of the day they both make us better.”
Somewhat misplaced within the hoopla of no matter did or didn’t occur was the Mets’ rallying from a four-run deficit towards the Diamondbacks and Zac Gallen, probably the greatest pitchers within the National League. Lindor produced his greatest hit as a Met, a two-run, game-tying dwelling run within the seventh inning. McNeil went 1-for-5 and has hit safely in 5 of his previous six video games.
Lindor’s homer got here shortly after the incident within the tunnel.
“We’re a better ball club [right now] because of what happened,” Rojas stated. “What I can tell you is we’re together today.”