New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard always brings the fire. That’s true on and off the field. The 24-year-old is known for his blazing fastball on the mound, and his heated feud with team mascot Mr. Met on Twitter.
Syndergaard can’t bring the heat in games right now due to an injury, but that won’t stop him from roasting his nemesis online. Syndergaard sat down with our own Tim Hines to discuss Mr. Met’s … uh … eventful last couple of weeks.
Given their contentious relationship on social media, it should come as no surprise that Syndergaard had an opinion on Mr. Met’s middle-finger incident.
“I think he’s going through an emotional breakdown right now,” Syndergaard says. “The whole middle finger thing … I don’t know … he’s got to turn himself around.”
The pitcher then brings up a theory he’s seen circulating around that he was actually the person in the Mr. Met suit at the time of the mascot made the obscene gesture. When pressed, Syndergaard cryptically refuses to give any more details.
He’s joking, of course, at least we think that’s the case. We tend to believe Syndergaard more when he says he’s not sure he would want to hop into that outfit. It’s probably hot and uncomfortable.
Costume size wouldn’t be an issue, at least. At 6-6, Syndergaard is a giant among pitchers. Mr. Met, however, is listed at 6-10. We’re not sure how much we can trust that since his weight is listed as “top heavy.”
Syndergaard also talks about his recovery, saying there’s no timetable for lat issues. He expects to be back with the team “in a couple of months.” He finishes off by talking about his sponsorship with Cholula Hot Sauce. It’s a pretty logical pairing, right? A pitcher known for his fastball should represent a hot sauce. It also helps that Syndergaard is from Texas. They don’t mess around when it comes to heat.
As far as the Mr. Met feud goes, we kinda wish Syndergaard would take it easy on him. The mascot has cheered on the Mets every day since 1964, of course he’s going to be in a constant state of distress.
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