New York Mets ace pitcher Noah Syndergaard said on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday that New York is now ‘a Mets city.’ Is he right or totally off base?
The New York Mets should have one of the better teams in the National League this season. They won the NL Pennant back in 2015 and hosted the NL Wild Card Game with the San Francisco Giants in 2016. The Mets are good, but do they have the reach that starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard claims they do?
On The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Syndergaard didn’t tread lightly on where he thinks his team stacks up in America’s greatest media market of New York City. Syndergaard believes New York is now ‘a Mets city’.
Are the Mets better than the crosstown rival New York Yankees in 2017? Yes, as the Mets are a World Series contender out of the National League while the Yankees are only a wild card team out of the American League at best.
However, saying that New York belongs to the Mets is in the same vein as an Angelino saying that Los Angeles is a Clippers town and not a Lakers’ one anymore. The Mets have won two World Series and been to a few more. The Yankees have won 26 World Series and been to most of them.
While they are the better team in The Big Apple in 2017, thinking that an Expansion Era team holds more gravitas in New York than the Yankees is laughable. Does Syndergaard realize that the reason the Mets have pinstripes on their uniforms is to honor the Yankees? The orange commemorates the New York Giants and the blue pays tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
It’s been a cool concept to have the Mets’ threads represent all three major league teams before them. However, if a Mets star wants to say that New York belongs to them and not the Yankees, maybe the Mets need to dump the pinstripe get-up all together? It’s like the Yankees own the Mets and the Mets don’t even realize it. If that’s not possible, just sweep the Yankees in inter-league play.