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Francisco Lindor's Mets
What reads like heresy a week before seems natural and good now
Promoting their upcoming Opening Day quadrupleheader, ESPN, specificially Karl Ravech, referred to the Mets as “Francisco Lindor’s Mets”. I liked how it sounded.
In the previous half inning Lindor switched topics on Ravech, Tim Kurkjian, and Eduardo Perez on ESPN’s broadcast to talk about how weird it was not seeing the late Pedro Gomez hanging around at spring training. I haven’t seen every inning of the Worldwide Leader’s ST coverage so far, but I think Lindor was the only player or executive interviewed who brought Gomez up, and they literally talk to someone different every 20 pitches.
Lindor managed to get himself a
Coming 2 America
outfit for, as he put it, “Picture Day”. Apparently Steve Cohen can’t procure the same outfit and asked Lindor if he can get get him one. Cohen is richer than God, mind you.
Cohen might be full of shit of course, trying to ingratiate himself into Lindor’s good graces. Mr. Smile is a pending free agent after all. It’s notable that Keith Hernandez jokingly, but I suspect half-jokingly, said the other day he was trying to make a good impression on the new bossman.
At 7:30 one recent morning, Lindor attempted to pump up his teammates in the clubhouse. When Gare recounted this tale, Ron Darling responded with a “Really?” that made it clear Ronnie would absolutely not tolerate such energy at such an ungodly early hour, not even if it was October. But I bet Lindor got away with it.
Francisco Lindor’s Mets. It doesn’t not make it Pete Alonso’s Mets. It looks like Pete is going back to his deep breath with his eyes closed ritual before pitches again. The quick meditation worked for him before but he stopped in 2020, and he had an off year (for him.)
I personally find that Best Shape of His Life more interesting than his reported diminished belly circumference.
Pete I would imagine would not bristle at Francisco Lindor’s Mets. Nor Dominic Smith. Nor Michael Conforto. Nor Pete Crow-Armstrong.
It’ll someday be Pete Crow-Armstrong’s Mets, if Brodie Van Wagenen doesn’t get to make trades again. PCA (not his official nickname yet) reads Thick Nhat Hanh on the regular.
piece on PCA
from last June if you haven’t already. Here’s a piece:
Besides his parents, Hanh, the famed Vietnamese monk, has been the most influential thinker in Crow-Armstrong’s life. He reads a lot of books on mindfulness, but it was Hanh who taught him how to breathe — one breath in, one breath out; two breaths in, two breaths out; repeat the exercise up to 10. Crow-Armstrong does this every time he is in the on-deck circle, and he’s been doing it to help with his insomnia during the COVID-19 quarantine. He’s also been doing it this week while millions of protestors take to the streets across America to protest the deaths of African Americans at the hands of the police.
Francisco Lindor’s Mets employ some really cool dudes, is what I’m getting at. Me thinking Francisco Lindor’s Mets is acceptable and perfectly fine says something.
Does it say I’m proud to support Francisco Lindor’s Mets? Nah, proud is still way too strong — throughout Sandy Alderson’s interview I thought about how he thought Trevor Bauer was a good idea to bring into this mix.
But hey, Sandman, hello, it’s Francisco Lindor’s Mets. Extend Mr. Smile (and Scooter).