Javy Baez said his thumbs-down HR celebration was a message to the booing New York Mets fans

The Mets put together back-to-back wins on Sunday for the first time since Aug. 12, but in those 17 days, Javy Baez and his New York teammates have taken notice of all the boos echoing throughout Citi Field.

Now, they’ve turned it back around at the fans in a not-so-subtle celebration.

During the Mets’ 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday, Baez gave New York the lead with a go-ahead, 444-foot home run in the fourth inning. As the Mets infielder crossed home plate, he gestured a “thumbs down” with both hands towards the dugout. Baez would say after the game that it was the team’s response to the negativity they’ve heard this season from their own fans.

Baez spoke about the gesture during the postgame press conference.

Heading into Saturday’s game, the Mets had lost 12 of 14 and had seen a 3.5-game lead in the NL East turn into a now-7.5-game deficit. So, it’s pretty clear exactly why Mets fans have been so frustrated this month. Baez, who was the team’s big pickup ahead of the trade deadline, had been both hurt and disappointing since joining the Mets.

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And even if Mets fans can be an irrational bunch from time to time, taking a shot at them in celebration form probably won’t endear Baez to the Mets faithful going forward.

It certainly didn’t endear him to Mets president Sandy Alderson, who released a statement (in the form of a Medium blog!) To condemn the gestures and apologize to fans.

“In a post-game press conference today, Javy Baez stated that his ‘thumbs down’ gesture during the game was a message to fans who recently have booed him and other players for poor performance,” the statement read. “These comments, and any gestures by him or other players with a similar intent, are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”.

“Mets fans are understandably frustrated over the team’s recent performance,” the statement continued. “The players and the organization are equally frustrated, but fans at Citi Field have every right to express their own disappointment. Booing is every fan’s right.”.

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