Noah Syndergaard Is Not Impressed With His Former Team’s Combined No-Hitter
The former Met has some opinions about what constitutes a "real" no-hitter
Noah Syndergaard is no stranger to social media drama, and it looks like he’s currently trying to stir some up with his former team. The pitcher appeared to take a jab at the Mets’ recent combined no-hitter after his current Angels teammate Reid Detmers threw a no-no of his own on Tuesday night.
Syndergaard shared a photo of the rookie Detmers from the Angels’ historic 12-0 victory over the Rays to his Instagram Story, writing, “This is what a ‘real’ no-hitter looks like.” The assertion, of course, is that the Mets’ no-hitter on April 29 — the first of the 2022 Major League Baseball season, and only the second in Mets franchise history — was not “real” because it was achieved by a combined five pitchers (Tylor McGill, Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz) instead of just one.
Naturally, Mets fans who used to worship Thor aren’t too pleased.
Of course, no one is arguing that it’s more difficult to throw a no-hitter by yourself than it is to split the achievement with several relievers. A regular no-hitter is objectively more impressive than a combined no-hitter. But a combined no-hitter is still real, and it’s still a thrill to see — particularly for a fanbase whose team is only responsible for one other no-hitter in its entire existence. Let Mets fans enjoy this!
Syndergaard could have easily praised his teammate’s milestone game without taking a cheap shot at the team he spent seven seasons with, but tossing in that little dig not only bites the hand that offered to feed him $18.4 million this year, it draws attention away from Detmers’s remarkable feat and makes it all about him. It makes him look petty, and it overshadows a young teammate’s moment in the sun. But given his history of grasping for attention on social media, we shouldn’t be surprised.
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