SI – New York Mets third baseman and captain David Wright criticized pitcher prospect Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday for eating lunch in the clubhouse during the team’s intrasquad game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell also took issue with Syndergaard.
Marc Carig of Newsday reported the details on Twitter.
“It was surprising,” Syndergaard said, according to Newsday. “It kind of caught me off guard. I really wasn’t expecting it to be that big of a deal. So, it took me off guard a little bit. But I understand where it’s coming from.”
How in the world is this a story? The Mets had an intra-squad game today, Syndergaard wasn’t scheduled to pitch so during the game he was in the clubhouse eating his lunch. He didn’t think it was a problem and a couple of veterans on the team let him know that that’s not acceptable on this team.
Syndergaard even admitted he didn’t think it was a big deal. It sounds like he just made an honest mistake and Wright informed him about it. Sure Parnell throwing his lunch in the trash is a little excessive but now you know Syndergaard won’t be making same mistake again.
Frankly I love the move by Wright. It’s time for the Mets to be taken seriously and part of that is being unified and acting like a team. You’re not pitching today? You’re still expected to be in the dugout to support your teammates.
This is exactly the kind of veteran leadership I think this team has been lacking since the 2006-08 stretch. What was memorable about those teams (besides two collapses) was when they were winning games it wasn’t just how good they were but how much fun they were having and how much they enjoyed being together. Hell, during the 2006 season Pedro Martinez was more fun to watch on days when he WASN’T pitching and was just up to shenanigans in the dugout.
This non-story is actually a great sign coming out of Mets camp. The Mets want to build team camaraderie and become a close knit group and I’m all for that. It’s time to stop being the laughingstock of baseball and start becoming serious about baseball and this is a great step in that direction.