As the Texas Rangers prepare for tonight’s Game 1 action of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankess, Rangers right fielder Jeff Francoeur is staying loose by taking swings at his previous team, the New York Mets. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Frenchy complimented and thanked the Mets management, and when asked about playing the Yankees, Frenchy said, “I always wanted to know what it was like to play meaningful baseball in New York and I’m going to have the opportunity.” I checked down to the first base umpire and he confirmed – that’s a burn.
Francouer, who was traded to the Rangers late in the season, is also raising some eyebrows with his follow-up comment: “I’m happy in this role here. There’s a lot of blue-collar types here. They’re about baseball and winning.” Some message board Mets warriors have taken those words as a slight against the Mets’ Latin American players, but that’s just silly. If that were the case, the Mexican drug cartels that have taken over Texas would be shooting up his house right now.
Tell us again why Jeff Francoeur is relevant, NY Daily News:
Francoeur thought he might be part of meaningful October baseball in New York with the Mets as they surged into contention during the first half of the season. But all the momentum and good feeling ebbed after a disastrous road trip to start the second half left the Mets in a hole they couldn’t get out of.
He’d been a leader in their clubhouse but that became more difficult after Carlos Beltran’s return and Angel Pagan’s strong play relegated Francoeur to being the fourth outfielder. The Rangers needed a powerful righthanded bat and another strong outfield arm and so a deal was struck.
Coming out of the All-Star break, the Mets had a half-game lead in the NL East, but they ripped off a long fart of terrible losses and were almost completely out of the race by August, at least with how well Atlanta and Philadelphia were playing. Francoeur was hitting .237 in the first half of the season, so it’s not like he has much room to talk when throwing around the blame in New York. But it’s not like he’s wrong. Hell, Mets fans should just laugh this one off and do what they do best – pretend to be Yankees fans.