Mets brass not supporting Lindor-McNeil rat story

Neither Met Manager Luis Rojas, who supported the story of Rat or Raccoon, starring Roberts Lindor and Jeff McNeill, nor acting general manager Jack Scott.

Something happened in the tunnel that the Mets were hooked up to their clubhouse on Friday night between the two infielders, and on Saturday, Scott offered whatever he could without any details, but made some eye-boggling remarks.

Among them, Scott said that he would not have handled it the way the two players did, with his words making it seem like a build to cover something a little more serious. Scott also described it as “not ideal”.

“You have to ask the players why they chose to handle it that way,” Scott said, noting that the Mets hosted the Diamondbacks at Citi Field. “This is definitely not how I will go.” It is unfortunate that this is a shorter story than a big one, and it is one of our best wins of the year.

“The best way to handle these things is as transparent as you can be without dividing the things that people don’t want out, to address it, to hit things on the head,” Scott said. He said, ‘I am not saying that the players criticized what they did [Friday] night. I would not recommend, and no one in the organization would recommend, to handle it this way, but for whatever reason they chose. “

In the middle of the seventh inning trailing the Mets’ arrival, a 5-4, 10-inning win on Friday night, Lindor and McNeil appeared to be involved in some sort of ruckus in the tunnel from the dugout. Several comrades later ran down the tunnel from the point of view of television cameras.

In the top of the seventh inning, Nick Ahmed of Arizona got an infield single after hitting a ground ball between McNeil and Lindor. Lindor was hesitant to let the two go for the ball before landing on the field, but it was too late for the first time to pick up Ahmed. McNeill called it a miscommunication and Lindor blamed himself. This was not the first time this had happened.

“Communication on ground balls is something on which Francisco is very active, and McNeil is as well,” Rojas said. “One compromises with the other, either someone is going to cut in front of someone or someone is going backwards, and that’s how it should be. This has happened twice, where they both go into the same lane and have to brake and the ball goes inside. “

After the game, Lindor said he saw a rat under the tunnel, but McNeill claimed it was a raccoon. Both seemed in good spirits, laughing about the situation. Rosas, who did not go along with the story Friday night, said he has spoken with McNeill and Lindor, as well as other players, about the incident. The manager acknowledged that there was some kind of disagreement, but did not believe it was something that would affect or negatively affect the team.

“You always create opportunities when things are said and you can have a conversation about it,” Roja said. “We come here as a family. we are brothers. There are compromises, disagreements, and at the end of the day they both make us better. “

Lost in the siege of what happened or did not happen, the Mets rallied from a four-run deficit against the Diamondbacks and Zac Gallen, one of the best pitchers in the National League. Lindor produced his biggest hit as a Met, a two-run, game-tying home run in the seventh inning. McNeill went 1-for-5 and has hit five of his last six matches safely.

Lindor’s homer arrived shortly after the incident in the tunnel.

“We are a better ball club [right now] What happened, for that reason, ”said Rosa. “Can I tell you that we are together today?”

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