Speaking on Tuesday for the first time since the Mets‘ “thumbs down” gesture toward the fans created a firestorm that resulted in Sandy Alderson and Steve Cohen condemning the players, Francisco Lindor apologized.
“It was to the dugout, the thumbs down. It was to the dugout,” Lindor explained about the origin of the gesture. “Thumbs down for me means the adversity we have gone through in this whole time. The negative things we have overcome. We did it. We went over it. However, it was wrong and I apologize to whoever I offended. It was not my intent to offend people. I can’t go against the fans. I’ve never done it in my career.
“We play for the fans, like Javy (Baez) said. Javy said we play for the fans and he’s 100 percent right. For our teammates, for the front office, for our families, for the city. So with that being said, I apologize and it didn’t look good on our part.”
Speaking before Lindor, Baez also apologized for his role in the situation.
Lindor, who said the gesture started in Los Angeles earlier this month when the Mets were playing the Dodgers, explained that it was meant to be something the team did to one another — not the fans.
As far as whether there has been enough public accountability from the Mets players as their season has spiraled out of control this month, Lindor said “everybody has been accountable.”
“We all want to succeed. We want to win, we want to bring championships to the city,” he said. “And I made a commitment for 10 years and that’s what I want to do. Win, win. I want to focus on winning, I want to focus on embracing the fans and making this organization the greatest organization out there.
While Lindor and the rest of the team await the reaction from the fans in the ballpark, Lindor said he didn’t know how the situation would impact the rest of his tenure with the Mets.
“I hope it doesn’t stick around because it wasn’t meant to offend anybody, to disrespect nobody. This was just a time of trying to pick each other up and going through a rough time. It was a gesture to pick each other up. Every team does it throughout the year — they do different gestures to pick each other up. And that was one of those gestures we did to pick each other up.
“I saw it, I had two days to reflect on it, and I apologize for doing that. I hope this doesn’t stick for the next however (many) years I have left in my career.”
Talking about the fan culture in New York when it comes to intensity and expectations, Lindor reiterated what he said multiple times earlier this season — that it “sucked” being booed and that he doesn’t like it. But Lindor added that he knows he hasn’t done his part when it comes to his offensive performance this season.
“The media here is an honest one, and the fans here are honest,” Lindor said. “The other places are very honest but they keep to themselves a little bit more — kind of like me. Here I have a lot of respect. People are very honest and they let you know right away. As soon as I come down (into the dugout), if I sucked and made an error, they’ll let me know you sucked. … I respect people that are honest and the other fan bases that are a little more calm, I respect that, too.”
Source: Yahoo Sports