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Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez Apologize as Mets Sweep Doubleheader

Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez Apologize as Mets Sweep Doubleheader

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In a matter of a few hours at Citi Field, Javier Baez went from a villain worthy of lusty boos to the heroic recipient of a standing ovation amid a happy celebration at home plate. In short, he went from thumbs-down to thumbs decidedly up.Baez had a key two-out, run-scoring single in the Mets’ five-run ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon, and then scored the winning run by sliding headlong across home plate to secure the Mets a 6-5 slide-off victory over the Miami Marlins in the first game of a doubleheader. “It says a lot about the guys,” Mets outfielder Michael Conforto said of the entire rally, “especially today.”The Mets then doubled the fun by beating the Marlins, 3-1, in the second game of the doubleheader, which was limited to seven innings by M.L.B.’s rules.The team’s day had started...
Mets Give Their Fans a Thumbs-Down During Win

Mets Give Their Fans a Thumbs-Down During Win

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The funniest thing about the Mets is the players’ pious self-image. Over and over, they stress that they’re all about positivity — and if you doubt them or point out a flaw, you’re a hater. They seem to believe they’re entitled to praise, no matter their performance.“Mets fans: Believe in us, and don’t just believe, know,” Pete Alonso said after the Mets fell out of first place three weeks ago. “Just smile and know that we got this.”Mostly the fans play along; they want to believe in Alonso and his talented teammates. But now it’s gotten personal, and with an aggrieved attitude infecting this Mets roster, it was all but inevitable.On Sunday the Mets scored a 9-4 win over a sickly Washington Nationals team gutted by trades. It gave them a series victory after a 2-11 stretch against the Los ...
10 All-Stars Traded in MLB’s Wildest Trade Deadline Ever

10 All-Stars Traded in MLB’s Wildest Trade Deadline Ever

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“Our core group and the teams over the last six, seven years in Chicago brought a lot of joy to people, not only in Chicago but around the country and parts of the world,” Rizzo said. “We were an easy team to root for, winning that World Series in ’16, playing and having fun. As time goes on, we’ll be able to reflect on it more, but I know those guys are pretty excited too now, to be able to go into contention and play for a World Series ring.”The Cubs made that pursuit a little easier for their neighbors, sending two relievers — Kimbrel and Ryan Tepera — to the crosstown White Sox, who already have an All-Star closer in Liam Hendriks. The White Sox also got a veteran second baseman, Cesar Hernandez, from Cleveland, which at the deadline was eight games back in the American League Central....
Javier Baez and Cubs Baffle Pirates Infielders in Wild Play

Javier Baez and Cubs Baffle Pirates Infielders in Wild Play

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Baseball’s long history has allowed ample opportunity for wackiness. It is, after all, a sport in which the coaches wear the same outfits as the players, the action runs counterclockwise and stealing is not only legal, it is encouraged.Few moments in the sport, though, could top one that occurred in the top of the third inning on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, 28, once again proved that his nickname, El Mago (The Magician in Spanish), is a fitting one. And the Pirates, with a series of head-scratching miscues, enabled one of the zaniest plays in baseball history, leaving fans in disbelief even after multiple replays.“Only Javy disappears more on the basepaths than anyone I’ve seen,” Cubs Manager David Ross, who played in parts of 15 major league seasons, said a...