New York Mets outfielder Travis Jankowski blushed after he saw the kind gesture his manager and teammates did for him. Two weeks ago when talking about his role off the bench, Jankowski said no one would buy his jersey. After a loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday, Jankowski shirseys were placed over every chair at Citi Field.
The following day, most Mets players were wearing Jankowski shirseys as they were preparing for another game versus the Mariners.
“I didn’t mean it to be a pity party, like no one’s wearing my jersey,” Jankowski said, per The New York Post.
“It was more like, I understand my role and I’m happy to be in this role. But it speaks volumes to the clubhouse. I’ve never been a part of a group of guys like this in the clubhouse where they genuinely care about each person and know that each role is important to the team.
Jankowski on his reaction to seeing the Mets gesure
“I think my face was as red as a tomato,” Jankowski said with a laugh. Jankowski, 30, is playing his first season with the Mets.
Jankowski maybe hasn't been for too long with the Mets but his manager and teammates absolutely love him. When Mets manager Buck Showaler was asked about Jankowski, he described him as a humble guy who has "that inner fire."
“I think it’s just the respect they have for him,” Showalter said. “He’s just a humble guy. … Believe me, he’s got that inner fire. He’d love to have something break and be an everyday player again and could be and might have to be.
But I think people rally around [him]. It creates good karma in the clubhouse”. Meanwhile, the Mets are off to a strong start to the season. The Mets own a 23-12 record and sit at No. 1 of the NL East standings.