Sitting out the abbreviated season never crossed Seth Lugo’s mind. Not even with a recently born child and the novel coronavirus pandemic continuing to spread throughout the country.
“I live my life to play baseball,” the valuable right-hander said on a Zoom call Saturday afternoon, as the Mets continued spring training 2.0 at Citi Field. “When they said we were playing, I was ready to go.”
While players like David Price, Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Mike Leake have opted out already due to a variety of health reasons, and Mike Trout and Bryce Harper have raised concerns, the Mets players who have talked to the media have said they are all in. Lugo, in particular, seems comfortable with the precautions that are being taken. The Mets are staggering workouts and limiting the amount of players on the field together at the same time.
“I personally have the belief you don’t live in fear,” said Lugo — the Mets’ best reliever a year ago, with a 2.70 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 80 innings pitched. “I’m not focused on that. I’m focused on executing pitches and doing my job to the best of my ability. That’s my No. 1 concern.