Francisco Lindor Offers Explanation for Video of Commotion in Mets Dugout

Adam WellsMay 8, 2021

New York Mets' Francisco Lindor runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Caleb Smith during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 7, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
AP Photo/John Minchillo

Francisco Lindor offered an interesting explanation about the commotion that occurred in the New York Mets dugout during Friday's 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Speaking to reporters after the game, Lindor said he and Jeff McNeil were discussing if they saw a rat or raccoon in the tunnel leading to the dugout at Citi Field:


"We were going back and forth debating if it was a rat or a racoon"<br><br>SOUND UP to hear about what happened in the tunnel between Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil from Francisco himself 🤣 pic.twitter.com/REn66S6nf3


"I was mad on the field because I didn't make the play...and Jeff [McNeil], obviously because I was going against him whether it was a rat or a racoon, of course he's going to be mad" - Francisco Lindor pic.twitter.com/uOyS9YsM1a

In the top half of the seventh inning, there was a miscommunication on a ground-ball between Lindor and McNeil that allowed Nick Ahmed to reach on an infield single. The second baseman appeared upset after the play. 

In the middle of that inning, SNY television cameras caught several Mets players scrambling into the tunnel. 

If there was an incident between Lindor and McNeil behind the scenes, it seems the Mets are going to do everything they can to protect it. Marcus Stroman tweeted this after the game:

Marcus Stroman @STR0

Still not sure if that was a rat or raccoon. However, great win for the squad! @Mets

McNeil's take? He thought it was an opossum.

Whatever happened may have helped jump-start Lindor's season. The four-time All-Star hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at four. He finished 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored. 

Friday marked Lindor's first multi-hit game since April 21 and just his third of the season. New York moved back over .500 at 14-13 with the victory.