Mets manager Luis Rojas defended fans who have been booing Francisco Lindor because of the shortstop’s slow start.
New York Mets fans are still waiting to see the real Francisco Lindor in 2021. The shortstop signed a new mega-deal with the team and so far has a .593 OPS on the young season. He has one home run and one double through 18 games.
The slow start is not going unnoticed and fans in Queens have even gone as far to boo Lindor. Mets manager Luis Rojas was asked about the booing and defended fans for their passionate response.
Luis Rojas appreciates the passion even if Francisco Lindor is being booed
Rojas is not wrong by noting how passionate sports fans are in New York. If anything, the boos serve as a wake-up call to Lindor after signing his $341 million deal.
The shortstop was signed to be the star of the team and is not living up to the hype yet. Of course, the team has still only played 18 games. What Lindor does in April is not going to determine the entire course of his Mets career.
But Mets fans are not in the mood to be told about patience. The team has not made the postseason since 2016 and fans just want to win.
The Mets are still in great shape in what appears to be a weak National League East division. The team also had to deal with a slew of cancelations to start the year. Getting into more of a consistent schedule should be great for everyone, including Lindor.
The shortstop was a beloved player in Cleveland. Booing him was an unheard of thing to do. But he is now playing in the big city and people expect results. The boos will only get louder if his slow start stretches into May.