It was a shock to Mets fans when Dom Smith was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse, as Adeiny Hechavarria took his spot on the 25-man roster. Smith was there only for a hot minute, though, as Steven Matz hitting the IL prompted his to return to Flushing.
So when asked how he felt about the demotion, Smith said the shock value was mutual.
"A lot of it was just more shock than anything," Smith told reporters before the series opener against the Marlins. "I'm a very passionate person, I'm a competitior and like I said, a lot of it was definitely shock."
Smith added it "took me at least a whole day in Milwaukee" to get over the news. But at the end of the day, he knew he needed to get back to business.
"It was an emotional day for me," he said. "I know some of the guys were pretty sad about it, but like I said, we understand that this is a business at the end of the day and we have a job to do."
Now back with the Mets, Smith's job will most likely be the same one he had before he was sent down -- a left-handed bat off the bench. The Mets could have used that bat that's hitting .333 so far this season back in San Diego a couple times, but there's no changing the past now.
Smith is back and ready to make an impact in those situations, yet he isn't quite sure how long he will be with the Mets.
"They haven't told me," he said. "We know we got some guys coming up pretty soon off the IL and I don't know. I don't make the decisions around here. I just go out there and try to help the team win ballgames."
Mets fans can rejoice now that Smith is wearing his No. 22 in the dugout once again, and he couldn't be more grateful for their support that he saw over the past few days.
"I'm just getting chills right now just seeing all the support that I had from my teammates, from the fan base, and from the team," Smith said. "The team still constantly shows that they're interested in me and they still believe in me and my ability and I can't thank them enough for that. That just makes me want to play harder and just go out there and win and do it all for the fans."