New York Mets SS Francisco Lindor exhibits his staff’s first mentality
Francisco Lindor’s team-first mentality will win over as many fans as his smile.
When the New York Mets were traded for Francisco Lindor fans, they knew they were going to get an elite player. What many probably didn’t know was the type of person they were getting.
Lindor talked about all sorts of things at his introductory press conference this morning. Above all about his management style, his life outside the field and a possible contract extension.
To a contract extension with the New York Mets
The hottest topic of the day was when or if Lindor would sign a contract extension with the New York Mets. Lindor was very open to the process. Starting with his lifestyle philosophy.
“I live day after day. I’m very happy and excited about what’s happening now, but I didn’t sit down and really didn’t speak to anyone. “He added,” I was never really against signing long-term. “
The questions didn’t end there. He was asked several times about an extension, although he never revealed his plans. However, he set a clock on the negotiations.
Lindor: “I’ve never negotiated a contract during the season. Never. I always said before spring training, but once we get to spring training it’s time to enjoy the ride and focus on winning. That should be it be only what I am. ” concentrate on.”
– Tim Britton (@TimBritton) January 11, 2021
It looks like the Mets only have a month to close a deal with Lindor before cutting off talks. Who can blame him? He wants to focus entirely on playing baseball. If he continues to be the elite in the field, the money will come.
However, this forces the Mets to bond. They either have to find out something quickly or they have to wait for Lindor to reach the free agency at the end of the season.
Out of the field
Francisco Lindor talked about all sorts of things outside of the field. Most notable was his stance on COVID-19.
“It’s not about us. It’s about taking care of the person next to you. It’s about taking care of your neighbor. “
Lindor stated that he had family members who were at high risk. He knows there are others around him who would have been, even if he hadn’t been hit too hard by COVID. He was empathetic and a really caring person. It was wonderful to hear.
When asked what Lindor would do first when he got to New York, he had the obvious answer:
“I love pizza, so I’ll probably have some pizza.” – Lindor on the first thing he wants to do when he arrives in NY
– Metsmerized (@Metsmerized) January 11, 2021
Eventually, Lindor made it known that he is just happy to be living his life. When asked why he was always smiling and whether it was contagious, he replied, “I’m living my dream, why not smile?”
It is just impossible not to love the energy and positivity that Lindor is projecting.
In the changing room
Perhaps the most surprising part of Lindor’s press conference was listening to him talk about his leadership style or lack thereof.
Lindor specifically said he didn’t come here to be a leader. He’s here to be a bigger piece of the puzzle. He said he was not here to move the team forward, it was a collaborative effort and everyone had to work together to move the team forward.
Everything Lindor said about his approach to life and his teammates shows that team-first mentality. It’s never just about him, it’s always a collective effort.
Whether Lindor came here to lead, that’s what he will do. When you are the star gamer, everyone looks at you. When a guy like Lindor leads by example and shows that it’s a team effort and no one can lead a team to victory, everyone else usually follows.
That should be a good sign for the already special New York Mets clubhouse.