One of the most overpaid players in Major League Baseball doesn’t seem to care what his boss thinks.
Mets owner Steve Cohen publicly called out his team over their underwhelming 2021 campaign a few days ago, which probably made life awkward in the locker room.
But Mets outfielder Francisco Lindor, who signed a 10-year, $341 million contract earlier this year, isn’t bothered by the criticism. In fact, he seems to be desensitized, given how frequently fans and the New York media have trashed the team for its poor play.
“We’ve been getting that message all year,” Lindor said, according to the Associated Press. “We haven’t really hit all year long. I haven’t performed. I haven’t done it. Bottom line, I haven’t done what I’m here to do when it comes to the offensive side.
“Defense, they can’t talk to me. Baserunning, they can’t talk to me, either. But offensively, yeah, criticize me. Say whatever. You’re right. You’re all right. I’m with them. I haven’t performed.”
Lindor and his teammates should just lean into the criticism and admit they’ve failed to meet expectations so far this season. They have one of the highest payrolls in the league, yet have a 60-63 record to show for it.