Former Mets first baseman Lucas Duda wrote a goodbye to the Mets and their fans on The Players' Tribune, specifically thanking Curtis Granderson and the 7 Line Army.
Duda, who came up to the Mets in 2010, was joined by Granderson in 2014 when the outfielder signed a four-year deal. Although Duda may not have loved the @WeFollowLucasDuda Instagram account Granderson created, the two quickly connected both on and off the field.
"You guys know what type of person he is," Duda said of Granderson. "I don't have to tell you. We joke around a lot, and I don't want to give him too big of a head here, but he's special. And he's exactly the type of person that you hope your own son would become someday.
"I owe so much to Curtis and the other guys because they really helped me to grow up."
Duda also said he appreciated the love of Mets fans and the way the 7 Line treated him over the years.
"What can I say? The Mets fans….I love them. Those fans just kind of get me," Duda said. "But I should probably clarify things here for a second. "I'm not talking about the fair-weather fans. I'm talking the real, hard-core Mets fans, the fans who bleed blue and orange. The 7 Line Army crew! I'd do anything for them. Signatures? Sure. Bats? Yeah, O.K., take this bat. Whatever I could do. I felt like I really needed to reciprocate the love that was being directed my way."
The first baseman also said he cherishes the 2015 run to the World Series, and he hopes the Rays can replicate some of that success this year as they vie for a playoff spot.
"And when we made it all the way to the World Series - more than anything, I was happy for those fans," Duda said. "They deserved that level of excitement and happiness."