In keeping with the smiling, upbeat demeanor he’s known for, Lindor shrugged off the idea that the Mets were under extra pressure to win the first-round series against the San Diego Padres after narrowly losing the Eastern National League title to the Atlanta Braves. , costing the team goodbye. In fact, he said, just being here in the post-season has been a blessing. Many of his friends in other teams are heading home. They are going there without new hoodies.
‘I should wear a hat and a bonnet with Postseason’ said Lindor. “It feels so good to go to a club and smell the new equipment you get.”
At first, Lindor seemed to offer the classic “stop and smell the rose” feeling. The gear wasn’t the target, one might assume. The point was that not everyone understands it, so whoever does should appreciate it. But as the press conference went on, it became clear that Lindor was not using the metaphor.
For example, when asked what he hopes his fellow non-qualifiers will appreciate about the experience, Lindor didn’t hesitate.
“Well, it starts with getting new equipment,” Lindor said. “Going into the club and seeing everything new, it starts with that. Then once you’re out on the field and you’re running around and you’re out there at 6:40 and it’s probably a packed house and everyone is in their new clothes, it’s an amazing experience.”
A Mets spokesperson said no one in the organization asked Lindor to talk about the new playoff gear, which includes a new set of hats with post-season patches, jerseys with post-season patches, and blue and orange jerseys that read “October’s Rise.”
Several of his teammates wore those jerseys during their short practice on the field on Thursday. Mets general manager Billy Ebler wore a bright blue hoodie with his light jeans and Nikes. Catcher James McCann made a bold move by wearing an after-season version of the hat that goes with his cherished black Mets shirts.
Before defensive player Brandon Nemo gave his on-camera interview with MLB Network, he sped inside the club to transform from a Daniel Vogelbach shirt to one of the “October Rise” versions.
“I try not to do things differently than I do during the regular season,” said Nemo, noting that Vogelbach’s shirt fits him well and always feels like the right choice for regular season batting practice. “But I thought it was important for the interview to wear a comma shirt.”
Nemo said he still has equipment from the Mets to the wild card game in 2016, but no one wants to see a six-year-old playoff man around the club when the team hasn’t returned since.
“It’s literally just sitting in my closet as a reminder that I was there,” Nemo said. “Other than that, he doesn’t get out much.”
This 2016 sweatshirt had a short shelf life. The Mets lost the wild card game to the San Francisco Giants.
But Lindor has previously made the playoffs four times, all with the Cleveland Guardians. He had to wear one of those playoff hats all the way to the one year world championships. He wasn’t exactly denied the opportunity to wear Major League Baseball’s heavily marketed game uniform. How, after all that, is he still so excited about it?
“I am a human being,” Lindor said. “When you get something new and cool, you feel good! And you work all season, you go to the stadium and you have a hoodie like that, you have a hat with a new patch, a shirt with a new patch, a new shirt, it feels good. Some guys get new shoes, New batting gloves – I’m a kid. I love those moments. You can’t forget where we all came from. We can’t forget how blessed we are in life.”
“Spring training is great because you get great things,” Lindor added. “But this is the best time of the year.”
As he said all of that, Lindor had something between a genuine smile and a gentle smile on his face. He never seemed completely serious, but he wasn’t joking either.
But Pete Alonso, who was sitting next to him during that press conference, was always serious – Persistently, so excited that he strains naivety. And when Lindor finished talking about the equipment, Alonso pulled his microphone close because he had something to say. If it was all a joke, it was lost on him. Baseball is no joke for Pete Alonso. Not even the bright blue hoods.
“Yes, that’s a regular Mets hoodie, but it says postseason on it,” said Alonso, his face straight, in a stern voice. “To be able to earn that Posteason patch that says Posteason or whatever you have, to earn the Posteason patch on your hat, it’s sick.”
“Part of it is it’s great getting new things,” Alonso explained. “But to be a part of something you’ve earned, even though it’s as simple as getting a post-season patch or something else, we earn that.”