MY FAVORITE METS PLAYER by Tom Brennan
Writers can deeply analyze, or look for the next shred of news or potential news, to write about something deep. Let me take another approach.
I am no kid, but I reflect back on the days when I was a kid and the Mets were brand new. Good or bad, I was a fan. Watched every game when I wasn't in school. I loved my team, I loved my players. I was excited the season Dennis Ribant of all people suddenly did well. Stuff like that.
When I was 13 years old and played with my brother Bob at St Greg's in Bellerose, and the 2 story school was just to the right of the right field foul pole, 175 feet away, and I'd jack beat up baseballs (stitching split or the cover off altogether) onto the roof and pretend to be Ed Kranepool. (OK, if I really smashed one, more like the Pirates' Willie Stargell at Forbes Field, where he landed many moon shots up on the roof).
Well, the 2016 Mets team should be really good, not bad at all, and I want to write about my favorite players on the team, as a fan. No sabermetrics in my upcoming articles, just fan stuff. Who wows me? It is a kid's game.
Today, I will start with my favorite Met. Many to choose from but my #1 player is: NOAH SYNDERGAARD!
Growing up a huge Thor comic book fan aside, I first got REALLY psyched about the Mets as a kid watching Nolan Ryan throw gas as a teenager in his first game. Whew! Never saw THAT before.
Loved Seaver, so let me not skip him, but there was nothing like the teenage Doctor, Doc Gooden, electrifying fans, including me, right from the get-go in 1984. Wow, what a fan moment that was! Goose bumps and K cards.
Back to Syndergaard. Thor comes up last year, and naturally smokes a 430 foot homer, like all pitchers do (in their dreams) and then starts smoking hitters. Man, how awesome was it to see him come in firing laser beams in the playoffs. I loved that game where we needed a great performance and everything in the first inning was 100, 101, 102. Wow. I'm too good for you mere mortals.
And throwing over that guy's head on Kansas City? "Have a seat, sir, this is MY game. Now...do you feel lucky...punk? Well, do ya?" And then letting the Royals know that if they wished to have a cordial discussion about it, he'd be on the mound waiting. As an opposing player, I'd take a pass, knowing Thor deadlifts and leg presses well over 400 pounds.
NOAH may not yet be the best player on the team at this point, but kids like me can pick their favorites, right? Mine is Syndergaard. He may just be the Next Roger Clemens - but a nice and fun variety. Except when he is throwing cheddar cheese near someone's noggin. Not so nice, not so polite. Lots of fun.
Next article? My runner up favorite. Tune in then to find out who.