Trevor May says Mets used Yankees' whistling as motivation, doubts any wrongdoing

By , Audacy

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.'"

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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.”