Arguably no team in baseball has been more disappointing this season than the New York Mets.
The Mets entered the 2021 season with World Series hopes. New York has a new owner in super-billionaire Steve Cohen. The NL East franchise made several big offseason moves, including the trade for All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor.
New York has done nothing but disappoint through the season's first five months, though. The Mets are 7.5 games out of first place in the NL East. The playoffs are a super long shot at best, right now.
Sunday, the Mets improved to 63-67 on the year with a win over the Nationals. Trade deadline acquisition Javy Baez had a good game, hitting a home run in the 9-4 victory.
Following his home run, Baez was seen giving the fans the thumbs down sign.
This is apparently a new celebration for the Mets. Fans have been booing the team for weeks, so the players are clapping back.
This is...not great.
"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 get success," Baez said today.
It's understandable for Mets players to be frustrated by the boos. However, things are probably just going to be made worse when you reverse it on the fans.
Either way, this is a pretty clear sign that the Mets' 2021 season has been disastrous.
The Mets will return to the field on Tuesday night against the Marlins.
Will we hear any booing if things go poorly? You can probably bet on it.