Francisco Lindor had his first Citi Field homerun as the Met on Friday night, but there wasn’t a smile on his face after that. Perhaps he was still frustrated with the preseason slump that caused the flushing believers to boo on him.
Or maybe Lindor was still angry after gathering dust with double-play partner Jeff McNeil minutes before his immersion.
It’s a shame for us that we at least thought of the latter: Lindor told reporters after the game that he and McNeil only debated whether a rat or a raccoon had found their way into the park. Lindor had rats, he said, and McNeil had raccoons. Lindor had also rediscovered his smiles and laughter when he said this.
“We went back and forth and discussed whether it was a rat or a raccoon.”
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McNeil contradicted Lindor when it was his turn to answer the microphone – he said he thought it was an opossum.
Jeff McNeil now tells the same story about a rat and a raccoon.
“To be honest, I thought it was an opossum,” McNeil said.
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In other words, the $ 341 million shortstop and a teammate nicknamed “Squirrel” took time to investigate a stray rodent during a tense game after they hit a floor ball that turned into an infield Ahmed who had transformed for Nick, had communicated incorrectly.
Cool story folks.
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The first indication that this was more than a wildlife expedition came from an inter-inning replay on the Mets’ broadcast. A SNY camera recorded Michael Conforto, Dominic Smith and Jonathan Villar, who ran into the tunnel between the dugout and the clubhouse in the middle of the seventh. Pete Alonso later strolled over to monitor the situation.
After the replay came some middle school gossip: McNeil wasn’t in the dugout to congratulate Lindor on his game-winning Homer; Smith was later seen giving an encouraging talk to Lindor before going out into the field. Smiles were sparse afterwards. . . whatever happened.
At the bottom of ninth place, a grim-looking Lindor patted a grim-looking McNeil an awkward pat on the hip and a few words before McNeil hit a lead-off single.
But then Lindor got into a forceout, the Mets couldn’t win in regulation (Alonso grabbed his bat after being blown out to finish the ninth) and the game turned into extras. The Mets finally let it go at the end of the 10th on a bases-laden Fielder’s Choice scooter owned by rookie catcher Patrick Mazeika. And everyone was very happy again when they tore off Mazeika’s jersey between first and second base.
And then came Lindor and McNeil’s strange cover story.
Perhaps they can try to lure this rodent back to the Queens Zoo and sort it out once and for all before the Saturday game. A big slice of New York pizza should do the trick.