Mets tell Jenrry Mejia to “tone down” his post-save celebrations

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If you saw the final out of the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Nationals last night at Citi Field, you might have noticed that Jenrry Mejia added a new wrinkle to his usual post-save “stomp” celebration. Check it out here. Yes, Mejia gestured in the general direction of the batter, Ian Desmond, before “reeling him in” like a fish. A little silly, but ultimately pretty harmless and fun.

According to James Wagner of the Washington Times, Nationals outfielder Denard Span wasn’t fond of the celebration while others didn’t take issue publicly. Mets manager Terry Collins initially defended Mejia’s post-save celebration, but apparently something has changed overnight.

Collins is right. We like our athletes to be joyless robots devoid of any personality. Was Mejia’s post-save celebration a little over the top? Yes, it was. Of course it was. But professional sports are supposed to be about entertainment. And it surely was that. Ultimately, it comes down to the following question. What is more stupid: Mejia’s post-save celebration or intentionally throwing at someone because it makes you mad? That’s a pretty easy answer for me. This is why the Mets — and very often, baseball in general — can’t have fun things.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.