Mets dugout drama unfolds in intriguing scene

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Even as the Mets forged a late comeback Friday night against the Diamondbacks, the key intrigue concerned what happened out of public view.

In the middle of the seventh inning, as seen on SNY’s game telecast, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith ran into the tunnel that connects the Mets’ dugout to its clubhouse, clearly concerned about something occurring there. Conforto emerged shortly after, looking calmer, even as other Mets, including Pete Alonso, headed down the stairs.

SNY subsequently showed Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil taking the field for the top of the eighth inning, frowning and getting a pat on the back from Alonso. SNY also noted that McNeil’s double-play partner Francisco Lindor, despite hitting a game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh inning, wasn’t smiling, a betrayal of his “Mr. Smile” nickname.

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