Traina Thoughts: Mets TV announcer (sort of) threatens Noah Syndergaard
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1. Sunday was quite a disastrous day for the Mets and pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Not only did the New York ace end up partially tearing his right lat muscle after allowing five runs in just 1 1/3 innings against the Nationals, there was plenty of drama off the field.
Syndergaard had refused to get an MRI a few days earlier after experiencing some arm trouble. This led to an ugly scene in the Mets clubhouse, with the flamethrower getting annoyed at the Mets 70-year-old PR man, Jay Horwitz.
Syndergaard just blew off reporters at his locker inquiring about his shoulder.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) April 27, 2017
Syndergaard now ripping Jay Horwitz because reporters approached.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) April 27, 2017
Syndergarrd's behavior did not sit well with the team's TV analyst, and former Mets pitcher, Ron Darling, who said during Sunday's broadcast, "In my opinion that is about as weak as it can get and hopefully that never happens again. Luckily, I wasn't there. I wouldn't take that."
"Luckily, I wasn't there." What does that mean? What that a threat? Would Darling have tried to diffuse the situation or would he have gone toe-to-toe with Thor. We wish Darling would've explained.
Naturally, manager Terry Collins was a tad perturbed by the Syndergaard situation.
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6. Giants slugger Michael Morse likes to give his bats pep talks. No big deal.
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8. I have to give a public shout out to the Yankees social media team. The team posts video of all the home runs that New York players hit on their Twitter feed. I've been stalking them to ask that they not post the audio from the TV broadcast, but to instead give the fans the radio version and John Sterling's legendary, ridiculous, over-the-top calls. I resorted to begging on Friday and they came through on Saturday. Let's hope they keep it up.
This is a night to celebrate, not argue. But we're gonna have to discuss your refusal to post John Sterling calls. It's not right.— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 29, 2017
We don't want the John Sterling calls. And we certainly don't deserve them. But, like air & oxygen, we NEED them.— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 29, 2017
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