Brandon Nimmo Should Be Celebrated, Not Criticized
Aside from his rare ability to draw walks and find a way to get on base, Mets fans have take a real liking to Brandon Nimmo because he expressly the very same joy on the baseball field we have watching him play. The homegrown Mets always has a positive attitude and a smile on his face. Overall, he plays the game the right way, and he has the right attitude in everything he does.
This begs the question as to why he seems to rub people the wrong way.
Seeing Nimmo’s disposition, it was of no surprise Nimmo is willing to accept any role with this team. In fact, he went a step further saying, “I want to be part of a World Series team, and if that means I need to come off the bench and put up a good at-bat for a pinch hit or whatever, it may be then that’s what I’m going to do.”
On the Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Maggie, and Bart, Chris Carlin implored him to “Dial it back” because he’s Brandon Nimmo. Bart Scott told him to “Be quiet young man” and even called him “Rex, Jr.” It should be noted Maggie Gray defended Nimmo for being upbeat and buying in.
In the sixth inning on Sunday, Nimmo hit a big game-tying home run the half inning after the Mets had lost the lead. There were no bat flips and slow trots. Instead, he sprinted around the bases with a smile on his face.
Apparently, this rubbed Mark DeRosa, former Major Leaguer and Mets managerial candidate this past offseason, the wrong way. On MLB Central, DeRosa would feel the need to put Nimmo in his place saying, “I get it. We’re grown men competing! Wipe the smile off your face! It’s game 14!”
Last night, with the Mets down 3-2 in the sixth inning, Nimmo was hit by a pitch by Tanner Roark, which loaded the bases. Nimmo responded to the beaning by smiling, clapping his hands, and running to first. That prompted this reaction from WFAN overnight host John Jastremski:
Love emotion in baseball. Like Brandon Nimmo, but he can’t be serious clapping his hands and celebrating like a little leaguer after getting plunked. That’s little league stuff…
— John Jastremski (@john_jastremski) April 19, 2018
So far in his career, Nimmo has not had a cross word to say about anyone. He plays hard, and he does not take one game off. In everything he does on the field, he plays the game the right way. He’s that rare quality of being both a grinder and being a guy who gets both his team and the fans into the game.
When it comes to the team or the clubhouse, no one ever has a bad word to say about him. In fact, Mickey Callaway went so far as to compliment him after Nimmo had to be sent down to the minors despite his terrific play saying, “Tough break for Nimmo, he deserves to be here, he handled the news unbelievably. What a guy. He’s a winning player, he’s going to help us for a long, long time so it’s tough but we felt like it was necessary.” (northjersey.com)
This is a guy who loves being a Met, baseball, and life itself. He checks his ego at the door, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to win. Normally, players like this are celebrated. However, because Nimmo does it with a smile on his face and plays with joy on the baseball field, people want to just tear him down.
Through it all, Nimmo has risen above it, and he’s been a great ambassador for baseball. It’s why Mets fans love him, and it’s why he’s quickly become a fan favorite. So, they can all go ahead and mock him and criticize him. Mets fans will be here cheering for him and smiling along with him every step of the way.