New York Mets star shortstop Francisco Lindor confirmed he nonetheless owes teammate Jeff McNeil a automotive stemming from a promise made final yr.
“Yeah, I’ll get a automotive,” Lindor vowed throughout a current look on the “On Base with Mookie Betts” podcast, per Ryan Chichester of Audacy. “It’s only a matter of what automotive I’m getting.”
In fact, McNeil can afford to purchase his personal automobile after he signed a four-year, $50M deal that features a fifth-year membership choice to stick with the Mets this previous offseason. Nonetheless, Lindor is a possible future Mets captain who put pen to paper on a 10-year, $341M contract extension earlier than the beginning of the 2021 season and who publicly said he’d purchase McNeil a automotive if the 31-year-old gained the Nationwide League batting title for the 2022 marketing campaign, which McNeil did.
Again in Could, Lindor insisted he deliberate to maintain his phrase. Nonetheless, the four-time All-Star choice appeared in no hurry to amass the present for McNeil whereas talking on Betts’ podcast.
“I don’t know. It’s my pockets, so,” Lindor joked. “It’s gonna occur. It may be a Scorching Wheel. It may be a golf cart. It may be a pleasant automotive.”
Lindor later added that McNeil “will get the automotive, I promise you that.”
Mets followers possible discover little humor in something concerning the membership midway by July. 43-50 New York started the midweek trailing the first-place Atlanta Braves within the NL East standings by 18.5 video games, and the Mets have been additionally eight-and-a-half games again within the race for a wild-card spot at the moment. In the meantime, Chichester famous in a unique piece how some media personalities similar to WFAN’s Brandon Tierney have urged Lindor is a nasty teammate for not shopping for McNeil the automotive by the beginning of the summer time months.
For an article printed Sunday night time, Joel Sherman of the New York Publish stated the disappointing Mets might be sellers forward of the Aug. 1 commerce deadline. Lindor and McNeil reportedly as soon as acquired right into a bodily altercation throughout a sport in 2021, and it is possible the membership might make McNeil accessible this month to plan for the longer term and to remove what’s grow to be a curious behind-the-scenes matter.