Mets' Jeff McNeil hugs it out with Francisco Lindor, says he 'loves playing with the guy'

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Mets Jeff McNeil hug Francisco Lindor
Mets Jeff McNeil hug Francisco Lindor

Mets infielders Jeff McNeil and Francisco Lindor got into some type of disagreement during Friday night's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they tried to play off what actually happened in the tunnel.

Prior to Saturday night's game, acting GM Zack Scott touched on the topic and said "it's something that they didn't want to get into too much detail about".

Putting the incident behind them, McNeil and Lindor both showed up to play on Saturday, combining for 3 RBI in the team's 4-2 win. McNeil talked about their relationship after the game, mentioning how much he loves playing by his side.

"It was awesome, love playing with the guy," McNeil said. "He came up with a huge hit there to help us get that insurance run. It's fantastic playing with him, I hope to do so for a long time. He's gonna be here for a while, so hopefully I can do the same and we can have a great up-the-middle-combo for years to come."

During the post game press conference, Lindor interrupted McNeil to give him a big hug. The two laughed and smiled, as McNeil was asked how many times he's gotten a hug from Lindor.

"A lot, we have a very good relationship and it's only going to grow from here," McNeil said. "It's just been fantastic to get to know him and play alongside him."

Manager Luis Rojas spoke about the bond this team has and how they are learning to become a better family.

"Everything that happens here is just an opportunity for us to get better," Rojas said. "Once again I'm gonna say it, the disagreements and agreements we have as a family is gonna make us a better family, is gonna make us a better team. Those guys were out there having fun, both of them did special things tonight. McNeil hit a homer, he stole a bag. Lindor stole a bag and ended up scoring on the same play. They played really well. They were kinda like the spark plug of our offense. That inning where we scored the three runs, it was all McNeil and Lindor.

"Them along with everyone else that contributed for a win tonight are having fun together. This is a really good group. And the family concept, I repeated it in the last week or so, it's real. These guys are here early, and then they're here late just having fun with each other, enjoying each other, and developing ideas, and talking about winning. It's fun man. Everything that happens here just gets us to that point."

Rojas also made it clear that ace Jacob deGrom will take the mound on Sunday in the series finale against the D-backs, after getting scratched from his last scheduled start with right lat inflammation.

"Yes he is, he's our starter tomorrow, we can say that right now with conviction," Rojas said. "He threw and we had the Zoom call before he threw. But he threw and everything was fine so he'll be starting tomorrow for us."

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