Francisco Lindor leads by example, shoulders blame for loss to Red Sox

The 25-year-old went 3-for-5 on Tuesday night

James Rapien
August 14, 2019 - 12:26 am
Aug 13, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) reacts after hitting an RBI double in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, OH – Francisco Lindor almost carried the Indians to an improbable win on Tuesday night. The star shortstop went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Despite his success, he was the one taking the blame for the loss after the game.

Lindor hit a game-tying RBI double in the ninth inning. He was on second with one out and Oscar Mercado at the plate. Lindor stayed aggressive and tried to steal third base. He was originally called safe, but the replay proved otherwise.

Lindor was the game-winning run and one of the hottest hitters in the game. Carlos Santana was on deck. Mercado flied out to center field after Lindor was called out, which meant Santana didn’t get to hit in the ninth inning.

Instead of defending himself or explaining why he made the decision, the four-time All-Star acknowledged his mistake.

“I messed up,” Lindor said. “It’s a rookie mistake. I got ahead of myself. Just live and learn from it.”

The 26-year-old was asked more questions about the play. Did he get a good jump? How did he feel running? The questions changed, but his answers remained the same.

“When I took off I felt like I was gonna make it,” Lindor said. “That was my bad. That’s on me. This one’s on me.”

Lindor didn’t have to take the blame after a tough loss to the Red Sox. He could’ve defended himself by saying his aggressiveness is what got the Indians back in the game.

Instead, he showed young players like Franmil Reyes, Greg Allen, Mercado and the rest of the team how to own a mistake. Most star athletes would’ve brushed off reporters after the game.

Lindor did his part with three hits and three RBI and yet he was the one taking the blame for the loss. He wasn’t doing it so a nice column would be written about him. He answered the way he did because that’s how he truly feels, which will go a long way in the clubhouse as he continues to grow as a leader.

Lindor is essentially the star quarterback who fumbled in the fourth quarter after throwing for five touchdowns and 500 yards in a close loss. The great leaders shoulder the blame because of the result, regardless of their production. That’s exactly what Lindor did on Tuesday night, which is another reason why he’s one of the best players in baseball.