The last couple of days have been pretty wild for New York Mets infielder Javier Baez, and that was true before this afternoon’s game against the Miami Marlins.
Baez drew the ire of the Mets fan base over the weekend for his explanation of the team’s “thumbs down” celebration, which he said was a measure of payback to fans who booed him and his teammates.
The reaction from the Amazin’ diehards was swift and mostly angry, and Baez, along with Francisco Lindor, had to try and save face with new statements today. Then, they took the field for the completion of a suspended game between the Mets and Marlins.
Here’s how the small Citi Field crowd greeted Baez in his first plate appearance as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
Here is how Citi Field greeted Javier Báez in his first plate appearance of the day. pic.twitter.com/O362RNV4GL
— SNY (@SNYtv) August 31, 2021
Baez reached base on a hit by pitch, and would come up to bat one inning later with the two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the Mets down 5-3 with men on second and third. He kept the inning alive and drove in a run with an infield single to shortstop.
Michael Conforto followed with a single to tie the game, and when Miami left fielder Jorge Alfaro booted the ball, Baez sprinted all the way around from first to score the winning run.
JAVY BAEZ MAGIC FOR THE WIN 🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/X2PovFW6C1
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 31, 2021
Well, as long as Baez keeps doing things like that, he’ll win back many fans in the process. Both he and the Mets needed that badly.
With the win, New York moves to 64-67 on the season heading into tonight’s regularly scheduled game. They are currently 6.5 games back of the first place Atlanta Braves.