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Mets Look at the Season: A Chat with SNY’s Steve Gelbs

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Aug 29, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is doused by Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores (not pictured) in front of reporter Steve Gelbs (right) after hitting a walk off solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is doused by Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores (not pictured) in front of reporter Steve Gelbs (right) after hitting a walk off solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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We have all been witness to Gelbs getting sunflower seeds thrown at him during interviews, and naturally I had to ask all about this. According to Gelbs, this spring was worse than ever… and obviously a lot of that had to do with Syndergaard.

"“When I step out there, as long as I’m not interviewing him (Syndergaard), I know I’m going to get it pretty badly.”"

The worst one of this past spring? When Gelbs was interviewing Syndergaard’s roommate, Gsellman. All of us watching (and Gelbs included) assumed Thor was throwing sunflower seeds at the two of them, but in fact, they were pumpkin seeds… in addition to baby powder. Gelbs thought he got all of the pumpkin seeds out, but once he got back to his hotel room after the game, he very much realized he did not.

Then, a couple of days after this, deGrom got in on the fun, which we unfortunately did not get to see on television. Gelbs was interviewing Syndergaard and all of a sudden deGrom came out of the clubhouse with a hose and got a direct shot on Syndergaard.

“It’s all really fun to be in the middle of,” Gelbs admitted I’m sure there would be plenty of people who would like to take one for the team and be in your shoes!

Now, what new fun stuff does Gelbs and the SNY team have planned for us this season? Well, Gelbs let us in on an idea, and wants to know your feedback. Hear it form him himself:

"“One thing… I thought it might be cool this season during the homestands to maybe once a homestand walk around during one of the games and see if I could find someone wearing like a really crazy unique mets jersey – some type of throwback player, an odd name, and just put that person on camera and try and get the story as to why they bought that jersey when no one else really would.”"

Next: Reminiscing on Mets Opening Days in recent years

We want to thank Steve again for chatting with us! Catch him on SNY as the Mets open the season Monday, April 3 against the Braves at Citi Field, with coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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