The New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers began a four-game clash on Thursday in Hollywood that will serve as an early-season measuring stick for Steve Cohen’s bunch, as well as a test of just how poorly the Mets can play before a certain segment of their fan base will look themselves in the eye and admit this year’s team might not be infallible.
Thursday night served as an interesting start to this potential NLCS preview. For one thing, the Mets weren’t at full strength, as shortstop Francisco Lindor missed the game after either slamming his finger in a door or doing something even dumber than that, leading to an all-time excuse. The Mets fell 2-0, losing to a Dodgers team they’d very recently boasted in the faces of.
Not to make the task even tougher for the Mets, but they not only must regroup on the field, but also off of it, considering they claim they’re being forced to deal with below-standard facilities that smell of rat urine.
Yes, you read that right! An anonymous Met claimed the Dodgers’ video room for visiting players smells like that particular brand of urine, a scent the player must’ve recognized from his many rides on the New York City subway.
How a franchise like the Dodgers that prides themselves on being technologically ahead of the curve could let this happen is anyone’s guess. Odds are, if this is true, it’s a Red Auerbach move akin to heating up certain warped spots on the floor at the Boston Garden. Why give a road team an advantage if you don’t have to?
Mets think Dodgers’ home smells like rat urine? Alright!
“Far below MLB standards” is a lofty declaration. You’d think some other team would’ve brought this to the league’s attention prior to 2022 — including the Mets, who were out here last year! Alas, the world is only learning about this now.
Clearly, Thursday night’s action proved the Mets weren’t able to get as many pregame looks as they would’ve liked in the Dodgers’ rat-residue-covered video room. Though Taijuan Walker was solid, LA’s Tony Gonsolin worked over New York’s lineup en route to their first shutout loss of 2022.
The Mets seem formidable, but they might have to go back to the drawing board in the complaint department.
Substandard conditions should absolutely be investigated, however. While we’re at it, let’s give the Mets a look inside Fenway Park?