Frank Francisco calls Yankees 'chickens'
The Subway Series is boring? Overhyped? Nobody cares?
To those who thought so, Frank Francisco changed the questions during what was supposed to be an innocuous interview with the New York Post. The Mets closer, for reasons known only to himself, decided to feed the New York media beast, and probably rankle more than a few Yankees feathers, by adopting the role of a professional wrestling heel, or bad guy.
Francisco is apparently more than a tad motivated to help get revenge for a three-game sweep to the Bronx Bombers June 8-10 at Yankee Stadium. There’s nothing wrong with confidence and swagger – Mets players didn’t hide their enthusiasm over their opportunity for redemption after sweeping the Orioles this week – except Francisco could have used a wiser choice of words.
“I can’t wait to face those chickens,” Frank Francisco told The Post when asked about facing the Yankees this weekend at Citi Field. “I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.”
Sensing his mouth wrote a check his arm may not be able to cash, Francisco declined to elaborate when pressed on slapping a yellow label on the Yankees.
“I think I’ve said too much already,” he said.
Francisco didn’t appear in Part I of the 2012 Subway Series, but has extensive experience pitching against the Yankees while closing for the Rangers and Blue Jays. Signed to a two-year, $12 million contract by the Mets in December, Francisco is 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA and 17 saves (three blown) in 30 appearances this season, and 1-1, 3.29 with two saves and three blown saves in 25 career appearances against the men in pinstripes. If summoned to seal a victory or preserve a tie, he may not want to see Curtis Granderson (3-for-6, 1 HR, a triple and 3 RBIs vs. Francisco) or Robinson Cano (3-for-8, 2 RBIs) in the batter’s box.
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