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Francisco Lindor switches to ‘thumbs up’ mentality at US Open (Video)

Francisco Lindor switches to 'thumbs up' mentality at US Open (Video)

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In the midst of the New York Mets’ “thumbs down” controversy, shortstop Francisco Lindor switched to a “thumbs up” while attending the US Open.

The New York Mets are in the middle of a controversy in which trade deadline acquisition Javier Baez revealed to the media that the “thumbs down” celebration was a way to boo the fans, so to speak. That has led to angry New Yorkers calling into local sports radio stations to vent their frustrations and even team president Sandy Alderson releasing a statement condemning the gestures from the players. One of Baez’s teammates who also partook in the celebration was shortstop Francisco Lindor.

On Monday, Lindor seemingly moved on from the “thumbs down” celebration. While appearing at the US Open in Queens, NY, Lindor heard a fan in the crowd exclaim “thumbs up from now on.” Lindor obliged, as you can see in the tweet below, courtesy of Tim Healey of Newsday Sports.

Why were the Mets giving the ‘thumbs down’ to their fans?

Following the Mets’ 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday, Baez admitted that he decided to do the thumbs down celebration in response to the fans at Citi Field for booing them throughout the season. As a result of this admittance, Baez effectively threw Lindor under the bus, as he was also making the same gesture.

Lindor has a ton of pressure on him from the Mets fan base, as he was signed to a huge $341 million contract extension prior to the start of the season. So far in his first season with the Mets, Lindor is slashing .224/.316/.370 while recording 11 home runs, 38 RBI, 50 runs, and 75 hits.

While Lindor did give the thumbs up to a fan at the US Open, what will really help the team get back on the fans’ good side is to pick up some wins to help clinch a postseason berth by the end of the campaign.

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