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SEE IT: Francisco Lindor gets standing ovation from Mets fans

Mets fans want to cheer Francisco Lindor after a slow start to the 2024 season, and they showed it by giving their All-Star shortstop a standing ovation Friday night at Citi Field.

When Lindor entered the batter’s box to hit his first at-bat, the shortstop was flooded with cheers and claps.

Lindor initially came in, but stepped back out with a smile to take in the sights.

Maybe the crowd listened to the owner Steve Cohen’‘s endorsement of the idea last weekend, which pointed to how Philadelphia fans were behind it Trea Turner last season, when he was struggling.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” Lindor said. “It felt good to be able to come home and feel the love from the fans, whether I’m playing good or bad. It definitely fills my heart to show some love not only to me, but to my teammates as well. …I will always play as hard as I can and do whatever it takes to help this team win.”

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Lindor nearly gave back to the Citi Field faithful with a first-pitch bomb that just went wrong. He would fly out later in the at bat.

The gesture comes as the shortstop is off to one of the slowest starts of his career. Entering Friday, Lindor is just 5-for-59 (.098) with a .203 OBP and .176 slugging percentage.

The start is what made Lindor and his family tick endure abuse via social media of ‘fans’.

It’s still too early to see if Friday’s ovation will have the same effect as Turner’s in 2023, but showing appreciation for Lindor after so many good seasons in Flushing should go a long way.

“I’m a better player when my heart is in a happy place,” Lindor said. “I felt the love that filled my heart. I try to bring energy day in and day out.”

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