Mets get last laugh on unlikely villain Jesse Winker

Mets get last laugh on unlikely villain Jesse Winker

Jesse Winker’s uniform has gone from Cincinnati purple to Seattle blue, however he nonetheless loves sporting the villain’s black hat when he involves Queens. 

Winker, who was booed loudly earlier than every at-bat Saturday in opposition to the Mets, hit a tying three-run dwelling run within the seventh inning, then taunted the Citi Discipline crowd by waving to them as he crossed dwelling plate. However Mets followers obtained the final snicker when Winker struck out swinging in opposition to Edwin Diaz for the ultimate out within the 5-4 Mets’ win. 

The seventh-inning tie was short-lived as a result of Mets catcher Patrick Mazeika homered within the backside of the inning, however Winker’s homer, which made the rating 4-4, impressed the most recent back-and-forth between the Mets followers and an unlikely villain. Most gamers who’ve drawn the ire of Mets followers up to now have better résumés than Winker, who’s batting simply .217 even after a 2-for-4 night time. 

Whereas Winker just isn’t precisely Pete Rose or Chipper Jones, he started firing again at Mets followers in 2019. 

Jesse Winker hits a game-tying three-run dwelling run within the seventh inning. Getty Pictures

Jesse Winker waves to Mets followers after his game-tying homer. Getty Pictures

He made a sliding catch for the final out of a Reds win that yr alongside the left-field line proper in entrance of Mets followers hanging over the wall. After catching the ball, he seemed on the followers, smiled and waved. That got here two nights after he had hit a go-ahead dwelling run within the ninth inning. After the Reds gained that recreation, he turned and waved to the followers past the left-field wall. Mets followers started to let Winker hear it from that collection on. 

“They speak loud — and loads,” Winker stated in 2019. “I like to speak again.” 

That continued this weekend with Winker returning to Citi Discipline as a Mariner after he was traded to Seattle in March. Winker knocked in a run on Friday night time with a single off of Max Scherzer. 

On Saturday night time, the Mets had been cruising 4-1 when the bullpen obtained into some bother. The Mets introduced in reliever Chasen Shreve to face Winker with two runners on within the seventh. Winker crushed a 3-1 fastball over the fence in right-center to tie the rating. Winker took his time working to first to admire the hit. After he crossed dwelling, he waved to the Mets followers. When he returned to left area for the underside of the inning, he stretched out his arms and seemed on the followers over the left-field fence. 

However Mets followers cheered as he swung and missed in opposition to Diaz to finish the sport. They may wave goodbye at Winker.

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