PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Noah Syndergaard had his lunch dumped in the clubhouse garbage by Bobby Parnell and David Wright last spring training. Not long afterward, Syndergaard was demoted to minor-league camp.
Now, the 23-year-old right-hander is one of the New York Mets' aces, cemented in the rotation. And he is a hero to some Mets fans for throwing the first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series -- a 98 mph fastball -- whizzing past Alcides Escobar and to the backstop in an attempt to send a message and try to make the Kansas City Royals less "comfortable" in the batter's box.
"I feel like most people think I'm kind of this quiet guy," Syndergaard said Thursday at Mets camp. "But when I'm on the mound ... I try to be as intimidating as possible. I try to use that as a weapon of mine. I feel like I'm on top of the world when I'm on the mound."
Syndergaard allowed three runs in six innings against the Royals en route to a 9-3 victory in Game 3. It was the Mets' lone win in the World Series. He would love another crack at Kansas City when the Mets open the season with a two-game series at Kauffman Stadium against the world champions.
"Of course. I think everybody would want to pitch in one of those two games," Syndergaard said. "I think it's going to be a little bit different -- very intense. I'm not really sure what to expect. But it's going to be fun. And I'm looking forward to it."