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#pounditSunday, December 3, 2023

Javier Baez calls out Mets fans with thumbs down celebration

Javier Baez thumbs down

The struggling New York Mets have been hearing it from their fans for much of the month, and Javier Baez has had enough of it.

Baez and the Mets have been celebrating key hits by giving a thumbs down signal recently. Several Mets players could be seen making the gesture after getting big hits on Sunday, including Francisco Lindor and Kevin Pillar. After the game, Baez revealed it was a response to the fans who have been booing. Baez added that he feels the fans have to be better, and the players want to let the fans know how it feels to get that sort of response.

There’s no way this is going to go over well. The Mets have been struggling immensely, posting a 8-19 record so far in August and falling well out of first place. Things have been so bad that even the team’s owner openly called them out on social media.

Baez has been part of the issue. Coming into Sunday, he was hitting just .207 since the Mets made him their big trade deadline acquisition, striking out 20 times in 62 plate appearances. This will come across as a player who hasn’t been performing criticizing unhappy fans. Rightly or wrongly, that is going to go over very poorly in New York.


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