NEW YORK -- — Mets acting general manager Zack Scott wasn't thrilled by Francisco Lindor's fuzzy explanation for a dugout dispute Friday night.
Scott said Saturday it was “unfortunate” that Lindor and teammate Jeff McNeil attempted to dismiss their dustup by bizarrely claiming they were arguing over a critter spotted in the clubhouse tunnel — Lindor said it was a rat, McNeil's story was that it was a raccoon or possum.
The disagreement happened out of view of television cameras, but New York's broadcast showed other players and coaches rushing into the tunnel to break up some sort of commotion.
“You’d have to ask the players why they chose to handle it that way,” Scott said Saturday. “Not how I’d go (about it). I think what’s unfortunate is it’s a little bit of a bigger story than it needs to be and it takes away from one of our best wins of the year. That was a great win last night.”
Lindor homered a half-inning after the exchange, keying a 5-4, 10-inning victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“The rat or possum story is something that our guys were talking about early this afternoon,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
The apparent clash between Lindor and McNeil came a half-inning after they miscommunicated on an infield single by Nick Ahmed. Both players appeared sullen over the next few innings before offering smiles during separate postgame video conferences with reporters in which they insisted their beef was over rodents, and not slow rollers.
Neither Scott or manager Luis Rojas confirmed the exact parameters of the argument.
“Certainly it’s something that they didn’t want to get into too much detail about, so I respect that and know kind of the code of the clubhouse,” Scott said. “The one thing I’ll just say generally is not specific to the situation but just broadly — these guys are competitive. They want to win. They are like a family.
"They spend so much time together and sometimes, like a family, there’s disputes and debates and arguments. At the end of the day you go out there and grind out a great win and you walk way still brothers.”
The Mets’ comeback from a four-run deficit was their biggest of the season.
“Today we’re a better ballclub and we’re a better family,” Rojas said. “That’s how I see the events that happened yesterday, just after talking to both players and talking to the group.”
McNeil homered in the third inning Saturday. Lindor, waiting on deck, greeted him near home plate with a low-five.
While Scott hoped to move on from the viral vermin story, the entertainment team at Citi Field leaned into it. Shortly before first pitch Saturday night, a new quiz game debuted on the scoreboard, asking fans “Rat or Raccoon?”
St. Louis Cardinals tie longest win streak of season with 13th straight
The St. Louis Cardinals tied the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics for the longest win streak of the season with their 13th consecutive victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday.
Indians activate Shane Bieber from IL to start against White Sox
The Cleveland Indians have activated right-hander Shane Bieber from the 60-day injured list for a start Friday night against the Chicago White Sox.
Goldschmidt helps Cardinals beat Cubs for 13th straight win
— The surging St. Louis Cardinals soared to their 13th straight win Friday, using homers by Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill to top the Chicago Cubs 8-5 in the opener of a doubleheader.
Tyler O'Neill smashes a 454-foot home run clear out of Wrigley
The Cardinals extend their lead to 6-0 over the Cubs as Tyler O'Neill demolishes a home run that leaves the stadium.
Chicago Cubs plan to be 'really active" in MLB free agency, says team president Jed Hoyer
Chicago Cubs president Jed Hoyer says his team is planning to be "really active in free agency" this offseason.
Tampa Bay Rays rookie Wander Franco returns from hamstring injury
Rays rookie Wander Franco was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday after missing two weeks with a right hamstring injury.