In 2019, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard showed us again why he’s a master of social media.
The 2019 New York Mets featured many players with big personalities who enjoyed sharing their thoughts on social media. Pete Alonso created the rallying cry #LFGM with a single tweet. And Jeff McNeil broke Instagram (some might say) when he and his wife adopted a puppy, Willow, who now has her own Instagram account with over 13,000 followers.
But no Met is better known for his social media prowess than Noah Syndergaard. With over 1.2 million Twitter followers, Syndergaard frequently amuses his audience with memes, replies to tweets from other Mets players, and musings from “the trading block,” where he seems to reside every single year.
Some Mets fans may occasionally accuse Syndergaard of “tweeting too much,” especially when he isn’t pitching well, but there’s no denying that his Twitter presence is extremely entertaining and a gift to the New York fanbase. Since it is the season for gift-giving, after all, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit Syndergaard’s five best tweets of 2019.
5. Mets spring training has gone on long enough
Though the season’s beginning was just around the corner when Syndergaard tweeted this back in March, he echoed what many Mets fans were thinking: Opening Day can’t come soon enough! Bonus points for using a Cookie Monster GIF that is somehow applicable to nearly every scenario in life.
4. Some guy named Grant
Syndergaard always has fun poking fun at sport writers, but this tweet was a little more pointed than usual. As Mets fans know, Syndergaard is very protective of his signature long locks, and when they’re threatened… watch out. He will tweet back at you with a comeback so savage, you might just consider deleting your Twitter account.
3. End-of-season reflection time
Mets fans love when their players acknowledge how much they enjoy spending time with their teammates. With this somewhat sentimental 2019 wrap-up tweet, Syndergaard affirmed that the team chemistry Mets fans sensed throughout the second half was indeed real. He also made fans even more excited for 2020, when most of the lovable 2019 “bunch of animals” will be back.
2. SNY did not, in fact, trade him
Though Syndergaard’s name has been floated in trade talks before, this year it somehow felt like a more realistic possibility than ever that he might actually be traded. Up until mere hours before the deadline, fans feared the worst. However, once Brodie Van Wagenen confirmed that Syndergaard was not being traded, Mets Twitter (and Syndergaard himself) took a mighty exhale and celebrated with this memorable clip from The Wolf of Wall Street.
1. Oh “Noah” he didn’t: A saga feat. the Cleveland Indians
Of all the MLB teams for Syndergaard to pick a Twitter fight with, the Cleveland Indians seemed about the least likely when the 2019 season began. Still, after they posted an oddly emotional tweet that seemed to take a stab at the Mets, Syndergaard couldn’t resist a classic Twitter comeback that led to thousands of Mets fans responding with glee and admiration.
Once the season had officially ended, both teams ultimately without a postseason berth, Syndergaard put the icing on the cake with one final dig at the Indians.
Though Mets fans adore Syndergaard for his gutsy postseason performances, sizzling fastball, and the occasional home run, his larger-than-life social media presence has made him a beloved personality in New York.
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Here’s to a 2020 season for Syndergaard that is hopefully filled with success, both on the field and on Twitter.