Noah Syndergaard loves New York, wants to be a ‘Met for life’
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard enjoyed nothing short of a breathtaking rookie campaign in 2015. He burst onto the scene with an exciting debut against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in early May, showing he indeed belonged at the big league level by going 9-7 with a 3.24 ERA in 150 innings over 24 starts, allowing just 126 hits and only 31 walks with 166 strikeouts and an ERA+ of 114 in his first season in the big leagues.
His excellence continued into the postseason when he went 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA with only 15 hits and eight walks allowed with 26 strikeouts in 19 innings against the Dodgers, Cubs and Royals.
He showed growth, maturity, determination with each start he made as he put his rocky 2014 season in the rearview mirror, developing an intimidating mound presence in the process.
Since the season concluded in early November, Syndergaard has been making the rounds around town, attending football, basketball and hockey games while being seen on the sidelines at MetLife Stadium and on Celebrity Row at Madison Square Garden.
And he’s enjoying his experience as he finally gets an opportunity to take in New York.
“I love it here,” Syndergaard told Kristie Ackert of the Daily News on Thursday. “I had some time after the season and I wanted to just experience all I could of it. I wanted to do things I couldn’t do in the season and I am having a lot of fun.”
Between his experience with the Mets and his run through the postseason and his experience under the bright lights of New York, Syndergaard has no question as to where he wants to spend the rest of his career.
“I want to be a Met for life,” Syndergaard said. “I love it.”
Of course, there aren’t too many players who get called up during the regular season and play big roles in the postseason for their club. The Mets had several players inclusive of Syndergaard who came up mid-year and got to immediately experience a deep run through the postseason in key roles, such as Michael Conforto and Steven Matz.
And none of those three have had to deal with the dark times of the New York Mets.
That’s not a bad thing.
But now Syndergaard will begin preparing for his first big league spring training in which he doesn’t have to worry about making the team. Rather, he will be working towards getting ready to be part of what he hopes to be another championship run in 2016.
“Losing that game, watching them celebrate on the field like that was heartbreaking,” Syndergaard told the Daily News in early November. “It definitely left a hunger in everyone’s minds — to get back there next year and win the whole thing.”