There’s no crying in baseball!
Apparently, New York Mets player, Wilmer Flores didn’t get the memo…
Flores broke out into tears on the field Wednesday night after wrongfully thinking he had been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the middle of a 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Citi Field, the shortstop was informed of reports of social media detailing a rumored trade as part of a deal for outfielder Carlos Gomez.
The deal was in motion, but fell through on Wednesday night. According to multiple conflicting reports, there were medical concerns about Gomez’s hip and Mets’ Zack Wheeler’s post-surgery elbow.
The dramatic turn in the game came about when fans gave Flores a standing ovation as he went up to bat. The thought of leaving the organization that brought him into the MLB was overwhelming.
“When I came up to hit I heard everybody cheering. I said ‘Why?’ There’s no reason,” The 23-year-old player explained his emotional reaction to reporters. “I thought [a trade] was the only reason. I was sad, being with the Mets forever, and all my teammates here. That’s why I got emotional.”
Flores was signed by the Mets as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela and has spent his entire career with them.
Typically, players are pulled off of the field if they have been traded, but Flores was kept on because Mets manager, Terry Collins was unaware of the trade.
Collins feels badly about the false news getting to Flores on the field, but hopes to move past it.
“I feel terrible for Wilmer,” Collins said after the game. “There’s not a finer kid in that clubhouse than him, and so hopefully, we can move past this and get ready for tomorrow. We’ve got another game to play.”
Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson, apologized to Flores afterwards.
“Unfortunately, social media, ectetera, got ahead of the facts and may have had an adverse effect on one of the players rumored to be involved,” Alderson told ESPN. “It’s an unfortunate situation. It’s something I’ve addressed personally with the player involved, and it’s one of the things that happens today with modern communications, etcetera. It’s an unfortunate situation, but whatever had been speculated over the course of the evening has not and will not transpire.”
So, although Jimmy Dugan from A League of Their Own might not be happy with Flores’ reaction, we’ll let this one slide given the circumstances.
Thankfully, he is still and will continue to be a New York Met.