New York Mets second baseman Javy Baez finished 4 for 4 with a home run, two runs batted in and three runs scored in a resounding 13-6 win on Sunday over the last-place Washington Nationals.
Mets owner Steve Cohen called Baez’s critics after the game.
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“Where are the Twitter ‘experts’ complaining about Baez now. They have to be out for the weekend,” Cohen wrote.
His message seemed to be directed to those who were upset. Baez mocked the fans with his “thumbs down” gesture. He and a few other teammates took issue with the boos from the fans and decided to send them a message.
The short-lived controversy ended with an apology from Baez earlier in the week.
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“I didn’t mean to offend anyone. It’s something I’ve done in the past against the other team. I did it in LA on the dugout. I could. [have said] something was wrong with the way I was hooting fans, and I really wanted to [say] like, ‘Boo me now’ – and not the fans – to our dugout because I did it with the other team and against other teams, ”he said, via SNY.
“I never saw the same fans and I didn’t say that the fans are bad. I love the fans,” he said. “But I just felt like we were alone. The fans obviously want us to win, and they pay our salary, like everyone else says. But we also want to win. The frustration has hit us, and I don’t didn’t mean to offend anyone, and if I offended anyone, we apologize. “
Baez said he could “accept” fans booing him.
The newly acquired player initially called on Mets fans to “be better”.
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The Mets acquired Baez before the trade deadline in July. In 24 games, Baez is hitting .262 with six homers and has an OPS of .854.