The happiest man in baseball knows this has been an immensely unhappy season for Mets fans, and he feels bad about that. Brandon Nimmo said so again Thursday afternoon when he was asked about his impromptu speech to the crowd after his walk-off home run Wednesday night.
As the hero of the dramatic win, Nimmo was interviewed on the field for the telecast. But he knew the conversation was being carried on the public address system, so instead of talking about his home run, he spoke directly to the fans, thanking them for having stayed and effectively apologizing for the team’s record.
“We definitely get feedback from the fans,” he said Thursday. “We understand just as much as they do that this year isn’t going the way everybody would have hoped. But for the fans who are still coming out and supporting us through thick and thin, we real ly appreciate that. And we real ly believe they will be rewarded in the long run.”
Nimmo’s emergence and ebullience have been among the few positives for Mets fans in 2018.
“I try to be genuine and honest with them, try to stay very positive. I don’t necessarily sugarcoat things. It is what it is,” he said. “I think they just appreciate someone coming out every day, trying to win, trying to hustle, trying to give it everything I have. I think that resonates with them.”
Concerns about Smith
It remains an open question whether Yoenis Cespedes will be asked to try first base in the majors this season, Mickey Callaway said when asked about the Newsday report that Cespedes is taking grounders at first in Florida. Also uncertain is whether first baseman Dominic Smith will stay in Flushing.
“He’s taking swings that don’t seem to be very convicted. He’s definitely had a rough go of it,” Callaway said of Smith, who batting .183 with one RBI in 71 at-bats. “Our main goal with Dom at this point, whether it’s up here in the big leagues or in the minor leagues, is to develop him. We just need to constantly evaluate where he’s going to get the best development.”