The player I can’t stand the most in all of my years of watching Mets baseball is Chase Utley. He tormented the Mets as a Phillie for many years and always seemed to be in the middle of drama.
What I remember Utley most for isn’t the home runs he hit as a Phillie, it’s the “slide” as a Dodger. In the 2015 NLDS Utley barreled into Ruben Tejada to try and break up a double play and ended up breaking Tejada’s leg and effectively ending his career as a full-time player in the MLB.
After this, Utley received some of the loudest boos I’ve ever heard. I was fortunate to be there in person for Game 3 of that series and join in with 40,000 other Mets fans in booing him.
Syndergaard didn’t pitch in that game, but he did pitch against the Dodgers at home in 2016. It was a packed house on a Saturday night with fans there booing Utley very loudly. Syndergaard struck Utley out his first at-bat igniting the crowd.
His second at-bat is when the real fun started. Syndergaard threw up and in against Utley which for whatever reason ended up in Syndergaard getting ejected without warning.
This was one of, if not the most memorable ejection in Mets franchise history. The Mets would wind up losing that game, but this was just another example of Syndergaard having his teammates back.
He only went 2.1 innings but this still was one of the more memorable Syndergaard outings in my opinion.