New York Mets star outfielder Brandon Nimmo signed a lucrative eight-year deal in the offseason to stay in the Big Apple.
He loves the Mets, and the team (and their fans, of course) love him back: he is the spark-plug of one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball, a man capable of hitting more than 15 home runs with some steals and an OBP north of .400.
Perhaps out of love for his team, or because he wants to make sure he honors the Mets’ considerable investment in him, Nimmo is not playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
He did explain why.
“Brandon Nimmo shares his reasoning as to why he decided to not play in the WBC: ‘That’s my most important thing right now, the Mets. I want to win a World Series and maybe that makes me a bad person, but I rather win a World Series than a WBC,'” SNY tweeted.
Brandon Nimmo shares his reasoning as to why he decided to not play in the WBC:
"That's my most important thing right now, the Mets. I want to win a World Series and maybe that makes me a bad person, but I rather win a World Series than a WBC." pic.twitter.com/OIUSX2ea0K
— SNY (@SNYtv) March 12, 2023
There you have it: Nimmo is prioritizing the Mets.
That certainly doesn’t make him a bad person like he says, much like the players representing their countries in the international championship organized by MLB aren’t such just because they decided to prioritize their nations.
It’s a hot topic, but nobody is wrong.
Nimmo surely has a sour taste in his mouth after leading the NL East for much of last season, only to lose it in the last week of play.
That caused the Mets to be relegated to the Wild Card round, where they lost to the San Diego Padres.
He wants to make sure to avoid such a scenario again.NEXT: Mets Insider Reveals Kodai Senga Update