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Buck Showalter had savage response to Braves’ ice cream reward

Buck Showalter in the dugout

Apr 8, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets manager Buck Showalter (11) walks the dugout during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets manager Buck Showalter had a quick response when told about the Atlanta Braves’ recent reward for besting New York.

The Braves were rewarded for taking three of four from the Mets in a recent series with the return of a clubhouse ice cream machine, courtesy of general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Anthopoulos had challenged the Braves to win the series, and promised the machine as a reward.

This feat was relayed to Showalter on Saturday. The Mets manager was not exactly impressed.

“What did they get taken away for losing four of five to us?” Showalter asked rhetorically.

That is a nice reminder that the Mets did win four of five in a series earlier this month. New York is also 9-7 against the Braves in the season series, despite the recent stumble.

The Mets and Braves are forming a fun rivalry in the NL East. One Atlanta player certainly inflamed things earlier in August, and the two teams are definitely forming a healthy and competitive rivalry down the stretch.

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