Wilmer Flores emotional on field after finding out he would be traded (Video)
Surreal scene. Mets trade Wilmer Flores but leave him in game. Flores then cries on field while playing. pic.twitter.com/0CDpjGpwpS
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) July 30, 2015
On Wednesday, the Mets agreed to trade Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to the Brewers in exchange for Carlos Gomez. While word of the trade began to circulate as the Mets were taking on the Padres, it’s obvious Flores was made aware he would be on the move.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, fans at Citi Field gave Flores a nice ovation. Many were probably surprised to see him on the field for the top of the eighth.
Flores was back at his usual shortstop position and visibly shaken up. As noted on the SNY broadcast, it was quite odd to see him back out there given circumstances that would certainly lead to Flores’ concentration level not being at 100%. Needless to say, the Mets were not roundly applauded for the decision.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 30, 2015
Why on Earth did the @Mets put Wilmer Flores through that!? It was painful to watch!
— Metfanant (@Metfanant) July 30, 2015
If you're going to keep Flores in the game, why tell him he's been traded? This whole thing is just plain mean.
— David (@lagarYES) July 30, 2015
@Mets, I hope you guys have a good explanation for keeping Wilmer in the game. This is brutal to watch!
— Matthew Cerrone (@matthewcerrone) July 30, 2015
The Mets are the only organization Flores has known, having signed with them in 2007 at the age of 16, so it’s understandable he would not be thrilled with the idea of leaving the club. However trades are part of the game. That said, seeing Flores in the state he was in was indeed tough to watch.