Báez talks about the New York Mets getting booed by their fans
In the 2021 season, the New York Mets have frustrated their fans. This has led to fans in attendance booing the team which has affected Javier Báez and the players. In August 2021, they struggled as they dropped 12 ½ games in the standings.
During August, the Mets fans at Citi Field have shown their displeasure with the team. They have not performed to the expectations set before the season. Even manager Luis Rojas has faced ‘Fire Rojas’ chants in Citi Park which is disheartening to hear for him and the rest of the team.
With the Mets’ win over the Washington Nationals, it was the first time in a long while that they had consecutive wins. This was the first time that the Mets faced their fans with smiles on their faces. However, Báez was different because he flashed a thumbs-down sign which encapsulated the team’s feelings about the fans.
Why Báez flashed the thumbs-down
Báez made sure to convey his feelings to the fans. The Mets have bemoaned their fan base’s habit of booing over the past few months with some stray comments during pressers. What Báez did was different because he took the challenge head-on and he threw it back to the fans who booed them.
He addressed the booing and his gesture in the postgame presser.
Báez said, ‘When we don’t get success, we’re going to get booed. So they’re going to get booed when we get success. We’re not machines. We’re going to struggle. We’re going to struggle seven times out of 10. And, you know, it just feels bad. When I strike out and I get booed, it doesn’t really get to me. But I want to let them know that when we have success, we’re going to do the same thing to let them know how it feels’.
This was a shift in the dynamics between the fans and the players. This might get them booed even harder in the future but Báez made sure to prove that if they win consistently, the fans would have more reasons to cheer.
Did Báez do something wrong?
After the game, Mets president Sandy Alderson also talked about what happened with Báez and the rest of the team. The Mets fans are known to be loyal, smart and passionate but the boos might just be a way to express themselves. Alderson echoed this sentiment because he condemned what Báez did in front of the fans in the stadium.
The president put out a statement that detailed this. He said, ‘These comments, and any gestures by him or other players with a similar intent, are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Mets fans are understandably frustrated over the team’s recent performance. The players and the organization are equally frustrated, but fans at Citi Field have every right to express their own disappointment. Booing is every fan’s right’.
This is a disagreement between the front office and the team. They need to iron this out because it might be the root of all of their issues. If they can fix what’s going on behind the scenes, you can expect it to get better in terms of their place in the league. It will be tough but Báez made sure to make their feelings clear.
Words: Cholo Martin