Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard loves New York and wants to be with the Mets for the rest of his career, he said Thursday, according to Daily news reporter Kristie Ackert (Nov. 19. 2015).
Instead of quickly returning to his home in Mansfield, TX, Syndergaard said he wanted to remain in New York for a few weeks after the season.
"I wanted to just experience all I could of it," he explained. "I wanted to do things I couldn't do in the season and I am having a lot of fun. ... I want to be a Met for life. I love it."
In addition to trips to restaurants, Central Park and other New York landmarks, Syndergaard has been attending local sporting events, frequently photographing himself laying on the field, court and ice...
It's great to see him embracing the city and all it has to offer, because I want him to be with the organization forever. He's going to be a huge star. He gets it. He has fun with the world around him, and he doesn't take himself too seriously, which is what separates him from Matt Harvey.
I'm sorry to say that if Harvey went on a tour like this, photographing himself out on the town, it would treated in a totally different way. This is unfair. It shouldn't be this way. They're just young guys, on top of the world, making good money and having fun. There is nothing wrong with that. However, though I have zero problem with Harvey's life off the field - in fact I think it's pretty awesome - I suspect other people think he's too bold or cocky, mostly because of comments he's made in interviews earlier in his career. He talked about wanting to be the best in New York, about wanting to be like Derek Jeter, he appeared in fashion spreads, had an ESPN documentary made about him, he's publicly dated models, and all of it likely rubbed his haters the wrong the way.
To be honest, those people are either jealous or angry at themselves for missing chances in life, and they take it out on his public persona. This is also not fair, but it's part of what he can expect going forward. He's that guy now, like it or not. Meanwhile, Noah just smiles with his long hair and goofy, wide-eyed grin. He doesn't show anything more than an appreciation for the city, and off he goes...
Again, the reality is that these are just two guys in their early 20's living their lives in New York, eating out, going to restaurants, taking in a sporting event, etc... But, because of how they first approached their initial fame, they're judged in two totally different ways.