Subway Sequence ends with Mets, Yankees clearing benches, Francisco Lindor making Mets historical past
The finale of the 2021 Subway Sequence between the Yankees and Mets delivered on the thrill that earned it a reserving on ESPN’s “Sunday Evening Baseball.”
Francisco Lindor homered from the left aspect. Then he homered from the proper aspect. Giancarlo Stanton cleared the benches with a homer and a staredown of the Mets’ shortstop. Brett Gardner made the final word troll transfer on the Mets. After which Lindor wrapped all of it up with one other homer for a bit of Mets historical past.
Behind Lindor’s night time, the Mets claimed this yr’s Subway Sequence, profitable 4 of the six video games after taking Sunday’s contest 7-6.
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The sport’s drama really began Saturday. In line with ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Mets believed the Yankees found that Mets starter Taijuan Walker was tipping his pitches and have been whistling indicators to hitters.
In line with ESPN’s Marly Rivera, Mets third baseman Jonathan Villar mentioned he referred to as a mound assembly Saturday night time as a result of he believed the Yankees have been utilizing totally different whistles for various pitches whereas outfielder Aaron Choose was batting.
After Lindor homered within the sixth inning Sunday, his second lengthy ball of the night time, to increase the Mets’ result in 6-4, he gestured towards the Yankees’ dugout, mimicking a whistle as he was rounding the bases.
Lindor mentioned after the sport that he wasn’t one hundred pc sure the Yankees have been stealing indicators however he felt one thing was off, all whereas mixing in a reference to “The Final Dance.”
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The following inning, Stanton crushed a two-run homer to tie the sport 6-6, He slowed alongside his trot to jaw with Lindor, prompting the dugouts to clear.
Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned after the sport that Stanton’s alternate with Lindor was his workforce’s manner of responding, in response to USA Immediately’s Bob Nightengale.
“You guys noticed Lindor when he went across the bases,” Boone mentioned. “We gave slightly bit again. Boys can be boys.”
Stanton denied that the Yankees have been stealing indicators. He claimed (through SNY) that aid pitcher Wandy Peralta was whistling to offer the workforce power. “In case you’ve obtained an issue with Wandy, give it to Wandy,” Stanton mentioned of his speak with Lindor. “Do not be speaking to a number of folks, bringing all people into it, particularly working across the bases.”
With the benches cleared, Gardner delivered an unbelievable troll of the Mets by giving them the thumbs down. The gesture was a clear reference to the drama the workforce confronted when Javier Baez, Lindor and outfielder Kevin Pillar celebrated with thumbs-down gestures earlier within the yr in response to boos from residence followers.
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However Lindor would have the final snigger. He launched a solo shot to proper area for his third residence run of the night time, turning into simply the fourth Mets participant to hit three residence runs in a recreation at residence — becoming a member of Robinson Cano, Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Homer No. 3 put the Mets on prime 7-6.
The Yankees obtained two runners into scoring place within the ninth towards Mets nearer Edwin Diaz, however Diaz obtained out of the jam to safe a Mets win.
And naturally, the ultimate out was Stanton coming out to Lindor.