Nationals OF Bryce Harper posted a video this past Saturday of himself and his brother, Bryan, singing in excitement for Ohio State football's playoff game against Clemson.
Barstool Sports shared it on their Instagram account, to which Noah Syndergaard responded in the comment section, calling Harper a 'douche.'
Syndergaard later deleted the comment, but not before Barstool Sports and hundreds of fans captured it with a screen grab and spread the image across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
"He's got devastating stuff," Harper told the Daily News in May, 2016. "He throws 100 mph, slider's 93, changeup's devastating as well. ... He's going to come after me."
In 18 at-bats during their careers, Harper has hit .278 with one extra base hit and six strikeouts against Syndergaard, who is 2-3 with a 2.77 ERA in eight career starts against Washington.
"He's an unbelievable ballplayer, great athlete, very talented," Syndergaard told reporters early last season, when asked about Harper. "But, I just go out there and I pitch to my strengths and go right after him."
I love this stuff. It's childish and probably unprofessional, and certainly not polite, but any time an on-field rivalry can find its way off field -- and gets personal -- it instantly makes the relationship more riveting. And, in advance of a season like the Mets and Nationals are expected to have together in 2017, it only adds kindling to what is already a pretty hot dynamic. I have no doubt that reporters will bring this up again when the two teams first face each other in spring training...
The other thing I like is that Noah's comment further demonstrates 1) how he likes to mix it up with the opposition, and 2) that he's bold, not just on field, but also off it. I mean, remember the 'meet me 60 feet, 60 inches away' remark to the Royals during the World Series? The fact that he compares himself to Thor and has an ironic rivalry with Mr. Met is all anyone needs to know to realize Noah's sense of humor and understanding that, while baseball is a business, it's also entertainment and supposed to be fun.
Syndergaard gets 'it,' he knows his audience, and he believes in his talent. I respect him for both and love that he's on the Mets.