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Mets: Despite restrictions, players are closer to fans than ever

Sep 21, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and third baseman J.D. Davis (28) look on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 21, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and third baseman J.D. Davis (28) look on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets have had many lovable players and characters over the years. The shortlist includes names like Tom Seaver, Ron Darling, Darryl Strawberry, Mike Piazza, Jose Reyes, David Wright, and on and on.

The one thing in common with some of the franchise’s most beloved members is that for the most part, they were all superstars or stars of the game. These were the players who appeared on best-of lists and all-star ballots every year.

The only thing we knew about them was their play on the field and their post-game interviews.

Social media took this a bit further as we were finally able to see the thoughts of players through the lens of their interests. Even still, players like Wright, Jacob deGrom, R.A. Dickey, and others were not very active on socials or didn’t have them at all.

2021 Mets Players

However, this crop of Mets talent is very active on social media. They became even more active once COVID shut down a better part of the 2020 season. Many of them even pivoted to other platforms as they became content creators. This has allowed fans to be closer to players than ever before. It has also allowed not yet established players and role players to become popular as well.

Dom Smith & J.D. Davis – The Cookie Club

Right now two of the most beloved characters on the team are Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis. Both of them have been involved with Steve Gelb’s “Cookie Club” show on YouTube through SNY.

The short show has been able to highlight their personalities, provide behind-the-scenes information and funny stories about the players and their lives. They had on Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Brando Nimmo, Marcus Stroman, and even the Captain himself.

Trevor May – Streamer & Chris Rose Podcast

Trevor May is something of a content creator savant. He has several podcasts, does live streaming on Twitch, has a gaming and a baseball channel, is active on socials, and is even a member of the Chris Rose Rotation on JomBoy Media where he, prompted by host Chris Rose provides a lot of off-the-cuff reactions to the MLB.

Marcus Stroman – Social Media & Sports Apparel

Marcus Stroman is also another player who is very active on his social media, particularly Twitter.  He engages with the fans, calls out the trolls, and blocks the haters. He does so with his flair of personality and also promotes his sports apparel brand Height Doesn’t Measure Heart. He frequently interacts with fans, spreads positive energy, and retweets fan art.

Twitter Laughs – Noah Syndergaard & Tomas Nido

Giving the duo of Noah Syndergaard and Tomas Nido a follow on Twitter is full of fun. Thor tweets whatever is on his mind, even if it’s at the expense of Trevor Bauer. Then of course there’s his Book Club and his ongoing Twitter feud with Richard Staff.

Nido had hilarious reactions to the sagas that became the Bauer non-signing and the Francisco Lindor signing, including the pinned Tweet of “Wtf Bob” which came after a very wrong faulty report. (He still hashtags Bob nearly every post).

Steve Cohen

Let’s also not forget the man up the top of the empire, new owner Steve Cohen. Although he’s not a player, he has a team full of them. From day one of his opening press conference, he endeared himself to Mets fans. He is an owner who on the surface level seems to care about the team and the fans in the same way. Frequently on Twitter, you’ll see him poll the fans. It’s a breath of fresh air.

This offseason we’ve seen a ton of Mets Zoom content that includes candid interviews with Lindor, Carlos Carrasco, James McCann, and more.

There are more examples to be had but overall, it’s a great look for a sport that is constantly trying to convince people it’s “fun.” The young demographic they are desperately trying to grab hold of are on TikTok, Twitter, Twitch, sharing memes, and the like, and these Mets players and many MLB players, in general, are embracing this.

Who are your favorite Mets to follow? Do you view any of the content these players create?

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