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Keith Hernandez not a fan of ‘grotesque’ Mets chant



Keith Hernandez not a fan of ‘grotesque’ Mets chant

The Mets’ rallying cries aren’t uniting everyone.

With the team playing the third game of its four-game road set in Pittsburgh on Sunday, SNY cameras cut to Mets fans holding up “OMG” signs and chanting, “Let’s Go Mets!”

However, former MVP and current color commentator Keith Hernandez spoke his mind about a different variation of the slogan.

“As long as they, on the other one, don’t add on the F,” Hernandez said. “I don’t like the F.”

Hernandez continued by relaying negative experiences with fans asking for “LFGM” instead of “LGM” via autographs.

Keith Hernandez wants to make sure Mets chants aren’t “grotesque.” Getty Images

“I’ve had people ask me, something to sign, and, ‘Would you mind putting LF…?’ I say, ‘No, no. I don’t do that,” Hernandez offered. “Very, very grotesque.”

As the Mets have soared to a 16-8 record in their last 24 games, which includes Monday’s 8-2 setback in Pittsburgh, the team has seemingly been propelled by two nearly otherworldly phenomena.

The first came after the McDonald’s character, Grimace, threw out the first pitch ahead of the team’s June 13 game against the Miami Marlins — an event that spurred six straight wins, even being dubbed the “Grimace Effect.”

The other occurred when second baseman Jose Iglesias performed his song “OMG” on the field after the Mets’ 7-2 win over the Astros on June 28 — turning into a viral international tune and an embodiment of the team’s great energy.

Ironically, Hernandez’s comments don’t seem to reflect how members of the Mets themselves feel about the profane saying.

In a July 2022 article for The Players’ Tribune, All-Star first baseman Pete Alonso sang the praises of “LFGM” and its associated meaning.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) prepares in the dugout before batting against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 3-2.
Pete Alonso wouldn’t agree with Hernandez’s assessment of “LFGM.” Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

“This is the New York Mets we’re talking about, you know what I mean?,” Alonso wrote. “We represent the greatest city in the world. And whether you’re a player or a fan, we all should be proud to be a part of this thing. We should say LFGM like we effing mean it. Like it matters.”

The superstar hasn’t shied away from the phrase before, either.

During his rookie year in August 2019, Alonso tweeted a clip with “LFGM,” which resonated with Mets fans.

Alonso followed it up by uttering the four letters during a postgame interview.

Following a series split in Pittsburgh to conclude a 4-4 road trip, the Mets (44-45) enter their final homestand of the first half 2 ½ games back of the Padres for the final NL Wild Card spot.

They first host the Nationals for three games starting Tuesday night before hosting the Rockies for a three-game set beginning Friday at Citi Field.

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