Noah Syndergaard is ‘100 percent’ confident the Mets will win the World Series
Confidence is riding high with the Mets.
And why not?
They just blew threw the highly-touted Chicago Cubs for a four-game sweep in the National League Championship Series, riding the wave of their first National League pennant in 15 years straight into the World Series against either the Royals or the Blue Jays.
The Mets are National League Champions thanks to their stellar, young and electrifying pitching, an ignitable offense capable of delivering big hits in big moments, and a unique character which has been tried and tested throughout one of the most fascinating baseball stories in the history of the game.
And now that the Mets are en route to the World Series, their confidence is riding even higher about their chances of winning the World Series.
“I’m 100 percent confident,’’ Noah Syndergaard told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post on Thursday night in a champagne-soaked clubhouse. “One hundred percent.”
“We have the pitching, the hitting and the defense. We have it all,’’ the big right-hander said.
And they have an attitude and swagger to them – which has been prevalent since the day the clubhouse doors opened at Tradition Field in February – which has helped carry them to this point and into the World Series.
Even the manager has been left in awe.
“I’m sitting there tonight thinking, holy crap, now you’re in it after all these years. It was worth the wait. It was worth all the work,” Terry Collins said in pure joy after winning the pennant.
It’s Collins first trip to the World Series in his 40-plus years in baseball. He’s been a loyal lifer, and has waited through failure and uncertainty to have this opportunity.
And he is relishing that opportunity as much as he can.
Said Collins, “It’s a special moment for me. After all these years, when this has been your whole life, to finally get to the ultimate series that every person that’s ever played this game wants to get to, let’s go home and enjoy it.”
And his counterpart in the Cubs dugout is thrilled to death for Collins, too.
“I’m ecstatic for him personally. I really am,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said after Wednesday’s game. “I know T.C., we’re both minor league runts at heart. He came up the same way I did. We crossed paths in the ’80s, when he was with the Dodgers and I was with the Angels, and eventually worked together in Anaheim. I know him. I know his family. I knew his dad. So I’m really happy for him. I’m honestly, sincerely very happy for him. I know how much it means to him. I know how hard he works and I know how good he is at his craft. So for all those different reasons, I’m happy for him and his family.”
For the players, who had heard the grumbling, the doubts and the snickering, are all getting the last laugh as the National League’s representative in the 2015 World Series.
“This is a little bit of heaven right now,’’ Syndergaard said.
And if Syndergaard is right, he and the Mets could be in for whole lot more.