Murren started in the seventh inning, a low rumble throughout the stands as Francisco Lindor struck out like a pinch to lead the inning in Wednesday’s game against the Giants with the Mets trailing 3-2.
But that was just the starter.
For after being in the game, Lindor came to the plate with runners on the first and second and one out in the ninth inning, still down 3-2. The Giants had lost a foul pop-up and a flying ball to the left center to put the potential tie-in and winning runs at the base.
That was all there for Lindor. It was all there for the besieged Mets. Until Lindor hit a soft pop-up to first base on Jake McGee’s first lane. The low rumble was more than that. The loud rumble turned into bucks sweeping Citi Field. The same kind of buos that Lindor had previously heard in what has been a disastrous first season in Queens.
Two hits later, the yards had lost their 10th of 12 over 13 days to the Giants and Dodgers in what had turned into a two-week sightseeing tour in a small gated community that they do not have the code for.
One night earlier, Lindor had received a warm ovation after his first battle flag after being activated from a five-week stay of 36 games at IL with a strained slant. The cheers intensified as he sent a long to the wall before ending the night 0-for-4.
“They gave me a little boost. I loved it, ”Lindor said that evening with fan reaction. “When I came home and felt the fans, they gave me the extra boost I needed.
“I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous, a little anxious, but the fans did a little better for me tonight. I thank them for cheering me on. ”
One night later there was thank you for nothing and boos for free.
Lindor, who received a 10-year contract extension of $ 341 million last spring after being acquired from Cleveland, is having the worst season of his career after having the worst season of his career last year. After scoring 0.258 / .335 / .415 while recording a 102 wRC + in 2020, he scores .224 / .321 / .369 with a wRC + rating of 94.
He is signed until 2031.
So yes, he gets curved.
The thing is, though, when fans boo Lindor, they are also boo reminiscent of Carlos Baerga, another midfield infield star from Cleveland who flopped. They also boo the memories of Robbie Alomar, another middle star from Cleveland (and Toronto and Baltimore) who flopped. They boo reminded of free-agent failures Jason Bay and Vince Coleman.
They adorn it all. They bend franchise history just as surely as booing on this very team that has been out of its element against the league’s top etgon and has fallen to a season-worst four games under .500 at 61-65, while falling seven games after that first-place Braves into Thursday’s final of the series against San Francisco.
You know, the Mets were actually 35-25 with a five-game division lead as late as June 16th. Everyone was excited. The city seemed captivated. They had a lead of four games as late as July 31 and were in the lead until August 5.
Of course, their performance in the first half was almost all rejected by acting general manager Zack Scott on August 11, when he said: “We have been playing very mediocre baseball most of the year.”
He might as well have been one of those who lived.
One day removed from the controversial decision to replace Taijuan Walker with Aaron Loup in the seventh inning, which immediately blew him in the face like a cigar with a novelty, manager Luis Rojas told of the experience of running the glove against 82-44 San Francisco and 80-47 Los Angeles, who have the two best records in majors.
Rojas seemed to take comfort in the fact that the Mets had come close in a majority of the 10 defeats and had not been blown out night after night. He praised the team’s resilience. In fact, six of the losses were with a run, with a couple of them in extra innings.
But is it meant to make anyone feel better about the state of the union nearing the end of a month in which the team had gone 6-17?