It took 18 games for Francisco Lindor to get booed at Citi Field for the first time as a Met.
But the $341 million superstar shortstop is taking it in stride and looking forward to hearing what fills the stadium when the results start coming — and he is confident they will in short order.
“It’s interesting and it’s funny and it sucks,” Lindor said Wednesday, the day after the boo birds came for him late in a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox. “It doesn’t feel right, for sure. Interesting, because this is the first time that it happened in my career, and funny because I’m getting booed and people think I’m gonna go home and think about why I’m getting booed. I get it. They’re booing because there’s no results. That’s it. They expect results, I expect results and I get it. It’s part of the job. People expect results and they’re booing because there’s no results.
“I just hope they cheer and jump on the field when I start hitting home runs and start helping the team on a daily basis a lot more than I’m doing right now.”
Lindor, 27, entered Wednesday batting .212 (14-for-66) with one home run and a 71 OPS-plus (100 being league average). He said he didn’t feel like he was in a slump and wasn’t chasing pitches until recently.
But after he grounded out to finish 1-for-4 Tuesday — another game in which he continued to play standout defense — a smattering of boos greeted him as he walked back to the dugout.
“I didn’t come to New York to hit .350 and win MVP,” Lindor said. “I came to New York to win and I’m going to do whatever it takes to win.”
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