Cleveland Indians fans have to deal with a weird new reality in 2021.
That reality involves seeing Francisco Lindor in a New York Mets uniform.
Indians fans were quick to react in pain Sunday when the Mets tweeted out a picture of their new shortstop.
If you haven’t seen the bizarre sight, here it is below.
👀 @Lindor12BC pic.twitter.com/ialwwaRIhb
— New York Mets (@Mets) February 21, 2021
Those pictures are in fact real, but it doesn’t change the strange feeling upon every single viewing.
It just looks wrong.
Adjusting to Frankie in New York
Indians fans have seen plenty of star players traded over the years.
Seeing CC Sabathia in a New York Yankees uniform was bizarre, as was seeing Victor Martinez rocking a Boston Red Sox jersey upon his trade in 2009.
But Lindor was just different.
He is a true star of the game and should only continue to improve over the next few seasons.
This trade hurt more because it drove home the fact the Indians are never going to sign a superstar under current ownership.
You can blame the league or blame the Dolans, but the fact remains the same.
The Indians are on a different playing field financially.
The Mets should honestly have to share Francisco Lindor with Cleveland. Like we get him on the weekends or something
— Fuzzy (@fuzzyfromyt) February 21, 2021
The Lindor trade was coming for years and the only consolation is he is out of the American League.
Lindor on the New York Yankees would have been too much to handle.
Moving on in 2021
Are you ready for the Andres Gimenez experience in 2021?
Both Gimenez and Amed Rosario came over in the Lindor trade as the Indians swapped one shortstop for two.
Gimenez was the centerpiece of the deal and should be the one opening the season at short.
Logically, it makes no sense to seek a new shortstop if you currently have the best one in the game.
But of course Lindor wanted to get paid and the Indians weren’t going to offer him a maximum deal.
Getting another young team-controlled player in return at the same position was a nice move by the front office given the circumstances.
Another Weird Sight
It is not just Lindor donning a new jersey.
Seeing Carlos Carrasco is a Mets uniform is going to be a shock to the eyes as well.
So far the Mets haven’t blasted his image out to put Indians fans in pain.
It appears @Cookie_Carrasco has reported early to Port St. Lucie! Excited for this guy to take the mound. #Mets #LGM pic.twitter.com/JB1ECjH7ew
— The Amazin' Citi (@TheAmazinCiti) February 14, 2021
Lindor and Carrasco were two fan favorites and should be the same in New York.
And this article is not even going into detail about what it will be like to see Carlos Santana in a Kansas City Royals uniform.
Some fans may think he got confused and put on the wrong jersey the first time the Indians and Royals play in 2021.
Losing star players because of money is never fun, but Indians fans are used to this by now.
The hope is the narrative of landing future stars in such trades continues to be true with this front office.
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