The Mets have put together a rough season, but their current series against the Brewers has provided some examples of exactly how frustrating it has been.
In last night’s game, the Brewers rolled pretty easily to a 7-1 win over the Mets. After the game, Mr. Met was pretty frustrated at the result, and ended up showing that frustration directed at some fans. (Quick warning: The video does show an inappropriate gesture.)
Yes, that’s the Mets mascot flipping off some fans on his way out of the game. The video went up on Twitter and spread very quickly. The Mets immediately issued an apology for this action, and stated that the employee would not wear the Mr. Met costume again. Since the apology was pretty generic, people immediately started applying it to other things the Mets should apologize for. Of course, the video made its rounds around the internet, resulting in some funny takes on the gesture. Here’s one of the better takes:
That’s a legitimate question, right? Can someone truly extend their middle finger if they don’t have one? That’s a riddle to ponder next time you need to clear your mind.
That would be enough for a team to take in one day, but it didn’t stop there. In Thursday afternoon’s game, the Mets frustration kept building on a routine pop-up play:
Milwaukee batboy bet the Brewers to beat the Mets today. pic.twitter.com/RQYTYWzUWG— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) June 1, 2017
As Wilmer Flores attempted to catch the ball, the Brewers bat boy attempted to get out of the way so Flores could continue his attempt, but wasn’t able to move fast enough and ended up making contact with Flores. The umpires initially ruled interference and called Eric Sogard out (he was at bat at the time), but convened and changed the call to a foul ball. Terry Collins was irate at the call and ended up getting himself ejected by arguing it. For what it’s worth, the Mets actually came out ahead from this call, as Sogard grounded into a double play to end the Brewers’ bases loaded threat in the fourth inning.
There’s a few things worth noting here. First of all, the umpires did make the correct call on the field. Since the bat boy attempted to get out of the way of the ball, and the collision was unintentional, ruling it a foul ball was correct. It’s basically like a batted ball that hits an umpire, it’s just an unlucky angle. Also, while it may seem logical to blame the Brewers bat boy for this, it’s important to note that the bat boys are employed by the home team, so the bat boy is a Mets employee wearing a Brewers uniform.
It’s been a frustrating season for the Mets, and these two incidents that happened against the Brewers just help highlight that. However, as Brewers fans, we can just sit back and enjoy the show for once, not being the team that is the focal point of incidents like this.