When he went to bat against the Orioles on Wednesday, Mets fans quickly noticed that his bat was coated with a particular substance. Immediately it was thought he brought back the same bat he used when he was smashed in the face with a pitch, and the substance was blood. It is not difficult to see where this idea came from when you see the picture on TV.
It would have been one of those mythological stories in the sport that fans would have repeated for years to illustrate why players who wear Mets colors are simply “built differently” – Pillar hit twice with the bat. Unfortunately for those who hope for such a result, as the Mets player explained on social media, his bat did not have blood on it. It was actually pine tar.
Yet even if he didn’t bring his own blood to the batter’s box, the nature of his tenacity still won’t be questioned for Mets fans, and even baseball fans in general, as just one day. following his injury, he apparently walked into the clubhouse asking if he was going to be in the roster for the game.