Mets ace Jacob deGrom puts on a masterful show every time out
By Tim Palladino
New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is a one-of-a-kind pitcher.
When New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom takes the mound, his people watch. His people, myself and all Mets fans, stop what we’re doing and focus on him.
The 2018 Cy Young winner has the attention of the baseball world. Since his 2014 debut, deGrom has shown the rest of the league how a pitcher can control a game from start to finish.
The 2018 season was not a very exciting one for the Mets. deGrom still managed to take over the headlines whenever it was his turn to take the mound. He has carried over his effectiveness into 2019 where four qualities about him have further elevated his status in Mets’ lore.
When deGrom takes the mound fans to pitch it gets quiet at the stadium. All eyes go on him.
Pitch by pitch, it’s nearly impossible to remove your eyes from the space between the mound and home plate. His ability to strikeout batters makes this easier as there are plenty of games where the ball doesn’t go any further than the rubber he toes.
When he’s not starting, you can often find deGrom visible in the dugout sometimes joking with teammates. But on game day, no one will get in his way.
Through some losing seasons in his Mets tenure, he has pushed the negativity aside and done his job. He’s a leader in the pitching staff and clubhouse. If pitchers were awarded the captain’s C for their jersey, he might have already gotten one.
deGrom is not just a star on the diamond. He goes out of his way to help children with cancer. He helps fund the Sarcoma Cancer Research Foundation. This helps fund research and get awareness out about the diseases.
This reason is yet another noteworthy quality about deGrom which makes him so special.
deGrom is like few other star players in baseball right now. In franchise history, the only one who can compare is Tom Seaver. What Seaver did with the Mets is untouchable. deGrom, though, is at least in the same company from a modern perspective.
Each year, we know what we’re getting from deGrom. It’s this consistency of pitching well which has made him a perennial All-Star and Cy Young contender. His future will, fortunately, involve many years with the Mets.
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When it’s all said and done, the Mets Mount Rushmore may have deGrom’s face on it.