If you tuned into the Subway Series this past weekend you saw a lot of memorable moments, but perhaps the most memorable was the benches-clearing brawl on Sunday that ensued after the Mets were suspicious about the "whistling" sounds they heard coming from the Yankees’ dugout during Saturday's game.
Mets pitcher Trevor May acknowledged on "The Chris Rose Rotation" podcast that the alleged whistling coming from the Yankees' dugout, more specifically from Yanks reliever Wandy Peralta, was nothing serious and that the Mets essentially used it as added motivation.
“To be honest, a lot of this stuff we're doing is firing us up type of stuff," May said. "We're like, 'yeah they could’ve been doing that (cheating) we don’t know for sure, but I’m just going to take it personally anyways, I’m not letting it slide.'"
Things started to heat up when Francisco Lindor made a whistling gesture toward the Yankees’ dugout in the sixth inning after his second of three home runs that night, but Giancarlo Stanton had his own choice words while rounding the bases an inning later, which caused the benches to be emptied.
May added that Lindor has always used personal vendettas, typically against pitchers, for added motivation.
“He does that type of stuff," May added. "Last year, when he had that running thing with (Sergio) Romo, he used it as motivation every time he went out. He said he just had a little extra motivation against Romo. Even if it's minimal, he is able to do that, just like make up a little bit, maybe embellish a story a little in his head just to get a little extra motivation when you’re facing that guy or team.”
Luis Rojas had also heard whistling coming from the Bombers' dugout and has already told reporters before the opening of their series against the Cardinals that the Mets will not contact the MLB league office and that the club has already moved past the situation.
“Whatever it was, there’s nothing other than a whistle," Rojas said. "Sometimes if you catch something like this, players can find it disrespectful, teams can find it disrespectful, and maybe send a message.”
Although we will not see another Subway Series game this year, Lindor and Stanton will be tied to their clubs for a long time so it will be interesting to see if this controversy carries over into next year.