But did you notice what happened next? Jonathan Villar, smart baseball player that he is, picked up on it. He altered Taijuan Walker’s start. He stopped the Yanks in their tracks, and reversed course.
And yet, even after you “triumphed,” you still couldn’t get the Yankees’ age-old “foul play” out of your mouths?
We do mean literally out of your mouths; when Francisco Lindor rounded second base on his second of three home runs Sunday night, he attempted to troll the Yankees by whistling, but instead jammed his hand so far into his gullet that he looked like Jameis Winston trying to eat a W.
But honestly, Mets fans, can we have a conversation now that you’ve won the series? Because I see some of you trying to equate the Yanks’ whistling to the Astros, and I need to know one thing: are you aware this was a Yankee road game?
Do you think Steve Cohen and the Citi Field ushers gave the Yankees a grand tour and allowed them to set up cameras in an away stadium? I’m just asking questions.
The Mets accused the Yankees of whistling to steal signs and it’s a whole thing now.
Try as we might, it’s just impossibly hard for us to believe the Mets would care about this enough to use it as self-motivation. Whatever works when you’re sniffing .500 and in the crowded Wild Card pack, we guess — and yes, it clearly worked.
Let’s say Walker was tipping pitches, the Yankees picked it up, and that’s what the whistling represented. That’s a tale as old as time; nothing modern about intimidating a pitcher or deciphering his methods of communication. This isn’t Astros Lite; it’s the most old-school feud possible, a devastating blow to Mets fans who want to paint the whistlin’ Yankees as hypocrites of the highest order.
Of course, this is all assuming the Yankees did have Walker’s signs, which is pure conjecture.
According to the alternate theory, which Marly Rivera nabbed from the Yankees’ locker room, it was Wandy Peralta whistling, and he’s apparently some sort of whistling fiend. Why does he do it? Who knows! Joey Gallo says he hates it, which means perhaps the whistling is more of a Yanks chemistry concern than a cheating scandal.
Could Wandy Peralta’s loud whistling be what’s rotten in this locker room?!?!?
All in all, while we’re not sure if either of these teams will be playing October baseball in 2021, this was spectacular September baseball theater, and both sides got their moment in the sun (and, yes, the Mets got an extra moment every time Chad Green entered any game).
Maybe this little feud motivates both teams down the stretch. Maybe all it does is force them to double-circle next year’s Subway Series matchups on their wall calendars.
Next season, it might be a good idea for the Yanks to go all out. Bring tin whistles to the road game. Dress Wandy in a whistle suit. Get the people going. Clearly, this non-troversy is all the Mets and their fans can think about.