Mets Take Play Out Of Phillies' Playbook

Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets is struggling badly to start his season. Fans are beginning to take a page out of the Phillies fans' playbook to turn it around.
Jun 23, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) reacts
Jun 23, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) reacts / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Before the 2023 season began, the Philadelphia Phillies signed shortstop Trea Turner to an 11-year, $300 million contract. Turner was set to be the shortstop in Philly for a long time to come and hopefully provide them with a championship or two to go with it.

But the beginning of his Phillies career did not get off to the start he or the team were expecting. In the heat of summer, Turner was one of the coldest batters in the league. Due to the size of his contract, Phillies fans let him hear how frustrated they were with him not living up to the hype. The boos rang louder than the Liberty Bell.

Turner spent extra time in the cage and batting practice trying to find the solution, but still nothing was working. But then, the fans flipped the script. One day, Turner came up to the plate expecting the boos to rain down on him. But the weirdest thing happened.

Instead, the Phiily fans gave him a standing ovation with the loudest cheers Turner had heard in months. From then on, he became a workhorse for the Phillies, ultimately turning his season around.

He bought space on twelve different billboards in and around Philadelphia to thank them for helping him turn things around. This move worked so well for Turner, the Phillies, and the fans that an archrival is now attempting to do the same.

Mets Fans Give Lindor The "Philly Treatment"

New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor is off to one of the worst starts of his career. He is batting just .111 through 13 games and cannot find any grass for a hit.

The Mets were coming off a long road trip when they returned to Citi Field on Friday. Mets fans rallied online, suggesting giving Lindor the "Philly Treatment" in his at-bats to try to change the vibes. About 18,000 in Flushing did that on Friday night, and it sort of worked.

Lindor went 1-3 last night, which is technically an improvement on his average. He has a long way to go to turn it around completely, but it's certainly a start. If it works, I'd say it counts as a Philly win for the method working elsewhere.

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