Hours after apologizing for a recent thumbs-down gesture meant as a dig at Mets fans, Javier Baez turned boos into cheers when he sprinted home from first for the game-ending run in New York's 6-5 win over the visiting Miami Marlins on Tuesday.
He even gave a thumbs-up to the home crowd after celebrating with teammates.
Earlier Tuesday, Baez and Francisco Lindor took turns apologizing for the thumbs-down gesture they and teammate Kevin Pillar exhibited during Sunday's 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals. Baez said Sunday the gesture was the players' way of answering fans who had booed the Mets throughout August, when the team has gone 8-19 -- Tuesday's early result counts toward April -- to fall out of playoff position after leading the National League East for nearly three months.
Their apologies followed a stern statement from team president Sandy Alderson on Sunday night disavowing the gesture as well as a team meeting on Tuesday in which players said they would stop making it.
you can always count on something to go wrong even in the happiest of moments for the Mets.
Amid the mayhem around the plate, Baez evidently lost a piece of jewelry — one of his earrings. The grounds crew spent some time searching for the lost jewelry piece, and eventually Alderson joined in on the search.
Right now, Sandy Alderson has joined the Mets grounds crew in searching the field for something that fell during the team’s walk-off celebration. pic.twitter.com/d86ApiJ5rJ— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) August 31, 2021
Mets personnel, including team president Sandy Alderson, are still looking for an earring Javier Baez lost during his slide across home plate in the ninth inning. pic.twitter.com/nfsGbddmcQ— Anthony Rieber (@AnthonyRieber) August 31, 2021