September 18, 2021

The Mets and The “Thumbs Down Theory”

What’s going on with the New York Mets is absolutely fascinating. Something I never thought I would see in professional sports. The Mets players have decided to give a “Thumbs Down” when a great play is made by players on their own team. Stars such as Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez and Kevin Pillar are a part of this new idea.

“Yeah, I mean, to let them know that when we don’t get success, we’re going to get booed, so they’re going to get booed when we’re a success.” -Javier Baez

Right now, the Mets are 63-67 and 7.5 games back in the NL East. Sure, they aren’t as bad as the Nationals (15 games back) or Marlins (16 games back) in that same division. However, the team is still unlikely to contend for a playoff spot with the Phillies and Braves ahead of them.

Thus, it’s not as if this is some team at the top of the standings ready for the playoffs that say had a few games in the loss column and all of the sudden got slammed by fans because of it. However, these guys are acting that way with this behavior out on the diamond. This team is simply not that good and it shows.

Here’s a genius idea to get the fans to stop booing:

Win. Baseball. Games.

None of this ‘thumbs down’ when the team has a bit of success. After all, these players are getting paid millions upon millions of dollars to try and win a World Series. Certainly, 99.9% of the fans in those stands watching the team are not making that kind of money. Plus, they are paying to see a great product, too.

Unfortunately, for all of the players that participated in this ‘thumbs down’ idea, it’s going to be something that will always be associated with them. Even if the entire team decides to stop doing it today.

Personally, I’m just happy this isn’t something happening here in Cleveland with the Indians or any of our teams. Of course, New York is a tough place to play, but that’s all part of the job and why the players get the big contracts.

 

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