New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman played into the rat-raccoon tunnel debate following their 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
On Friday, New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor broke out of his slump by hitting a massive game-tying home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mets won 5-4 in 10 innings, extending their winning streak to three games. But what everyone is talking about is the rat-raccoon debate that gained steam on social media.
The star infielder said during a postgame press conference that the Mets dugout ran into the tunnel that connected to the team clubhouse because he and Jeff McNeil had a disagreement over whether they saw a rat or a raccoon.
Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman decided to have fun following the game, as he tweeted out that even though he could not tell if he saw a rat or a raccoon, it was a “great win for the squad.” Stroman then tweeted a GIF of a dancing “Chuck E. Cheese.”
Marcus Stroman has fun with rat-raccoon debate dominating headlines following team’s win over Diamondbacks on Friday
You can not fault Stroman for having fun with this. After all, this is still dominating MLB headlines.
After Mets fans saw what the SNY crew called “a commotion,” they believed the two infielders got into an altercation after the they misfielded a ground ball by Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed in the top of the frame. Lindor and McNeil were both asked by the media after what exactly happened in between the top and the bottom of the seventh inning in the tunnel. Lindor expressed his belief that he thought he saw a rat, while McNeil said he thought he spotted a possum. Things only got weirder, as manger Luis Rojas said he had no idea what the commotion was about.
You can catch some of the comments from Lindor, McNeil and Rojas in the video below, courtesy of MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo:
Coincidentally, Lindor hit his two-run, game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh, shortly after the tunnel incident. The Mets took the momentum into extra innings, where they won after Patrick Mazeika reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing first baseman Pete Alonso to score.
Whatever the case may be, the Mets are focused on extending their winning streak to four games with a victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.