The Yankees and Mets‘ Subway Series heated up on Sunday night when Giancarlo Stanton exchanged words with Francisco Lindor during his home run trot in the seventh inning, causing benches to clear. An inning later, Lindor hit his third home run of the game — a career first — to give the Mets a 7-6 win at Citi Field.
With the Yankees down 6-4, Stanton tied the game with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh. As he rounded the bases, things got chippy between Lindor, the Mets’ shortstop, and Stanton when the Yankees outfielder slowed down to talk to Lindor on the basepath. Benches cleared after Stanton jawed at Lindor, and the Yankees’ Brett Gardner flashed thumbs down at Lindor during the scene — an apparent reference to the gesture made by Lindor and Javy Báez that irked Mets fans in August.
The tension between the two clubs increased an inning earlier when Lindor appeared to whistle at the Yankees’ dugout during his home run trot after hitting a solo shot off Wandy Peralta, his second of the three homers.
Lindor’s whistling was a reference to an incident from the Yankees’ 8-7 win over the Mets on Saturday where the Mets believed the Yankees were whistling to tip pitches, according to ESPN.
“I know what I heard and I felt like there was something out of the ordinary going on and yeah, I heard what I heard,” Lindor said Sunday. “I’m not accusing them. I’m not saying they’re doing it 100 percent because I don’t know 100 percent, but it definitely felt that way. And I took that personal. I took that personal and I wanted to put runs on the board to help my team win.”
Asked about the whistling, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said: “The last couple nights, we’ve just been loud over there. Not doing anything.”
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