Mets’ Francisco Lindor: ‘It’s time to win the World Series’
Entering his third season with the Mets, shortstop Francisco Lindor recently said he feels secure in his future here, proud to be a member of the organization, and that it is time to win the World Series.
“I’m super proud to be a New York Met,” Lindor said this offseason in a profile recently published by Haute Living, a luxury lifestyle magazine.
While Lindor is still proud that he was a member of the Cleveland organization, which drafted him and where he spent his first six seasons in the big leagues, things changed when he came to Queens.
“But once I became a New York Met, I knew we were going to do very special things together. Typically, I wouldn’t wear team hats. Now I wear a Mets hat all the time, and I also wear the chain,” he said referencing a thick gold Mets chain he wore around his neck during the conversation with Haute Living.
Why does Lindor feel more connected to the Mets? “It’s because I’m secure here,” he said, referencing the 10-year deal he signed in Spring 2021. “Can they trade me? I’m sure they can, but in my mind, I have security. No matter what it is that makes you feel secure, that’s always the best.
“In a relationship, when you go from just talking to dating to being engaged to marriage, your relationship just continues to grow," Lindor, who married his wife Katia this offseason, said. "It’s the same thing with the Mets. I signed this long-term commitment; I feel secure, and I’m ready to give everything I’ve got to the organization and my Mets family.”
And, of course, to Lindor that means winning.
“What we’re going to do is win. We’re going to find a way,” he told Haute Living. “There’s nothing else; there’s no more trying to get to know each other. It’s time. It’s time to win the World Series and to be the best shortstop I can be.”
However, reaching the highest peak in baseball only comes when everything goes right from playing the game the right way, to respecting everything around you, and after that, “only then will things start to happen,” Lindor said.
The Mets' shortstop said every year he has goals and resolutions.
“I go back and forth between how I did the previous year, what I want to accomplish the following year, and what I think is actually realistic,” he said.
Entering this season, Lindor told the magazine over the offseason he doesn’t let “how good I did one year affect me to the point that I can say, ‘I’m done working on that.’
“The moment I stop working on something, it suffers. I’m a big believer that God gave me the ability to have talent, but I have worked hard on my craft. Am I going to be perfect? No, but I strive to be.”