As hard to believe as it may sound, New York Metsâ€™ shortstop Francisco Lindor had his first base hit in his last 26 at-bats in the win against the St. Louis Cardinals. The All-Star has been struggling for most of the season in the batterâ€™s box.
However, Metsâ€™ fans had grown frustrated because of his slow start in 2021, disappointed by the lack of production of the $341 million man. For a day, though, he was able to breathe, as a hard ground ball went through the infield for his first hit in a while.
The single came in the ninth inning, just when everybody thought Lindor would have another game without a hit.
â€œAs soon as I hit the ball, I was just hoping that nobody caught it. When it went through, yeah, I had a smile on my face, and a little bit of my shoulders coming down, I had them above my ears,â€ Lindor said, according to SNY.
â€œThey came down a little bit, but like I said earlier, itâ€™s still a long road. Iâ€™m still working, Iâ€™m working as hard as I can day in and day out to be the best player I can be, and if I can do something on a daily basis to help the team win, that, to me, thatâ€™s it. I donâ€™t need results. I want results, but I donâ€™t need them to feel good. As long as weâ€™re winning, it makes me happy.â€
The Metsâ€™ shortstop should eventually be fine
His plate discipline and hard-hit rates are on par with his career numbers or close to them, so the hope is that the Metsâ€™ high-dollar investment can turn things around relatively soon.
â€œWhen you have a great group of guys around you, coaching staff, players, and so many people have reached out to me to help me out â€“ current players, former players, coaches, president, owners,â€ the Mets’ star said. â€œA lot of people have reached out to me to help me out, and that, to me, means the world. I canâ€™t thank them individually here, but to all of them, thank you for reaching out.
â€œThe road is not over, man. The road is not over. Iâ€™m just glad we had a good road trip.â€