Twitter is a big part of an athlete’s world and these New York Mets of the past and present know how to use it.
If you’re looking for a social media platform that perfectly showcases your favorite New York Mets personalities, look no further than Twitter. Here, all of the biggest stars from every sports league come together to congratulate each other on various accomplishments, comment on issues of the day, and try to get Insomnia Cookies to sponsor the Mets next season.
As I’ve said before, many current Mets players are very social media savvy, racking up tens of thousands of followers across their various accounts. However, Twitter is also a fun place to interact with some former Mets who are no longer on the team but are still involved in baseball to some degree.
Since many of my Twitter follows are Mets-related in some capacity, I’ve come across a lot of current and former players that I enjoy following. Here are some of my favorite Mets players to follow on Twitter, in no particular order, along with why I think they’re so entertaining.
Pete Alonso was an entertaining Twitter follow during the first half of last year, but he really cemented his Twitter legacy with the tweet you see above. With one screenshot from his iPhone notes, he singlehandedly began the “LFGM” movement, inspiring Mets fans everywhere to believe in the magic of the Amazins. I am sure I’m not the only one who felt like running through a brick wall in excitement after reading this.
As the months have passed, Alonso’s status as a leader of Mets players and fans alike has risen tremendously. Now, a single tweet from him seems to make the entire Mets fanbase exhale simultaneously.
Whatever the situation, however the Mets are doing, Alonso always finds exactly the right words to endear himself to all 91.5 thousand of his followers. His Twitter reflects his personality to a tee: thoughtful, kind, and always fired up about baseball.
I’ve already written an entire article about Noah Syndergaard’s Twitter prowess, so no need to rehash all of that. However, I do appreciate how Syndergaard never shies away from speaking his mind on Twitter, whether that be to call out the Astros cheating scandal, express his excitement at the start of the baseball season, or reiterate his hatred of team mascots.
No matter what is going on in the baseball world, Syndergaard always has some witty retort ready to go on his Twitter. He is consistently funny and entertaining, and I can always trust him to come up with just the right GIF or movie clip to respond to any situation.
For baseball-related sarcasm and casually salty commentary, Syndergaard is your guy.
For those of you who may not know Ty Kelly‘s Mets legacy, may I remind you that he is the most recent Met to get a hit in the postseason, singling in the bottom of the 8th inning against Madison Bumgarner in the 2016 NL Wild Card Game? He last appeared in a major league game in 2018 with the Mets, and though he was signed by the Los Angeles Angels in 2019, he never appeared in a major league game with them.
Throughout his baseball career, he has amassed over 14,000 Twitter followers. He entertains his followers by posting relatable, down-to-earth content that could just as easily come from a guy next door as it could from a former Major Leaguer. I also appreciate how Kelly is, to date, the only MLB player to actually reply to a comment I’ve posted on one of his tweets.
Though I’m not quite sure what Kelly’s next move will be, career-wise, I will continue to enjoy his self-deprecating humor on Twitter in the coming months. He is one of the more obscure Mets I follow, but arguably one of the most lovable as well.
I have to say, after following Marcus Stroman on Twitter for the past few months, I am blown away by his constant stream of positivity and optimism. It was obvious when he arrived in Queens last July that Stroman was extremely confident and fully believed in his own abilities.
Though some of his starts last year were a little shaky, his Twitter clearly reflects his drive and determination to succeed.
Stroman’s high-energy personality fit right in with the Mets’ team culture when they traded for him halfway through 2019. He was always the first one out of the dugout to congratulate his teammates for their in-game heroics, and his Twitter reflects a similar “first one out of the dugout” energy, with his propensity for frequent, upbeat tweets.
Keith Hernandez was obviously a very well-liked Mets player when he was in uniform, but his popularity in New York has continued to grow since he became an announcer for SNY in 2006. His large Twitter following, with over 108,000 followers, reflects this mass devotion. Hernandez is among the older ex-Mets who actively tweets these days, but don’t let that convince you that he is out of touch with the modern Mets fan.
Hernandez knows exactly what his followers want, regularly tweeting pictures of his beloved cat Hadji, photos with other former Mets players, or convincing the entire Mets fanbase to “simmer down” about whatever is plaguing the baseball world. He also occasionally writes entire tweets in all caps, much to the amusement of his younger followers who likely roll their eyes when their parents do the same thing.
While newer Mets players come and go, Hernandez is there to analyze their play in the booth and cheer them on via Twitter. For anyone looking for cute cat pics, nostalgic Mets throwbacks, and enthusiastic support for Pete Alonso, he is a must-follow.
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Regardless of who you follow, it is undeniable that the world of Mets Twitter is absurd, silly, and entertaining.