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With the Mets off yesterday, the baseball world continued to invest way too much of its collective time and energy into discussing ‘ThumbsDownGate’. Joel Sherman even called Steve Cohen to get his thoughts on the matter.
Tyler Kepner of The New York Times viewed the team as soft and sensitive following the explanation of their latest celebration.
Jerry Beach of Forbes explained how the team could take a lesson from Mike Piazza in 1998 following their reaction to the boo birds.
Justin Toscano expressed his concern that the Mets’ fans displeasure is occupying the players’ heads as they fight for their playoff lives.
Ian O’Connor of The New York Post warned that the players are making a big mistake by waging war with the fans.
On a day full of ludicrous, over-the-top takes, Joel Sherman took the cake by saying the Mets have a Javier Báez problem, but rather a Francisco Lindor problem, in the wake of the thumbs down ‘scandal’.
Some ex-Mets chimed in on hearing the boos.
The Wall Street Journal saw this scandal as something that makes perfect sense “for a franchise long trapped in self-parody”.
David Roth poked fun at the Mets’ dysfunction as only he can. (Paywall Alert)
Tim Healey wondered how fans coming to Tuesday’s game would react in the wake of the Thumbs Down.
Howie Rose announced that he has been dealing with a personal medical issue that will require surgery. The voice of the Mets on WCBS 880 will take a leave of absence starting after Wednesday’s game against the Marlins.
The Mets released Zack Godley.
Around the National League East
The completion of today’s Marlins game against the Mets is 142 days in the making.
Around Major League Baseball
San Francisco will need all the pitching they can get, as they had to place Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto on the COVID-19 IL ahead of their upcoming starts. It sounds like Wood is especially feeling pretty bad following the positive test.
Cole Hamels, whose season ended before he could throw a pitch for the Dodgers, said he does not plan to retire and wants to pitch again in the big leagues.
Wilson Ramos has suffered a torn ACL and a sprained MCL.
FiveThirtyEight examined some of the best, the worst, and the weirdest stats from this season.
The Brewers beat the Giants 3-1.
The Rays topped the Boston Red Sox 6-1.
Behind Shohei Ohtani’s league-leading 42nd home run, the Angels defeated the Yankees 8-7.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Episode 131 of From Complex to Queens went live for your listening pleasure!
This Date in Mets History
The Mets fell 1-0 to the Phillies on this date in 2002. The loss capped off a month in which the Mets won just 6 out of their 26 games. During that particular August, the club lost all 13 of their games at Shea Stadium. The loss led GM Steve Phillips to proclaim, “I have no theory, it’s just one of those things.”