After getting traded to the Phillies, Noah Syndergaard referenced a past incident with their mascot, the famed Phillie Phanatic. May 14, 2022; Oakland, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Syndergaard has been dealt back to the NL East, this time he will be playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, getting traded just before the MLB trade deadline Tuesday.

The right-handed ace — who played for the Los Angeles Angels in 2022 before getting traded — is expected to play a huge role in rotation for the Phillies as they look to stay in the National League Wild Card mix, currently holding onto the third and final spot. In the meantime, Syndergaard issued an apology to his team’s famous mascot.

During his tenure with the Mets, Syndergaard was warming up on the diamond alongside Curtis Granderson, with the Phillie Phanatic right by their side, playing around and doing exactly what a mascot is paid to do. However, when the Phanatic wasn’t looking, Syndergaard stole his ATV.

“Well this is awkward,” Syndergaard captioned on a GIF during a 2017 game between the Mets and Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Although Syndergaard is not the dominant pitcher he was with the New York Mets he still put up a solid stat line this season on the mound — going 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 80 innings.

We’re sure that the Philly fans will forgive him for messing with the Phanatic if he can provide a spark in the pitching rotation.

The Angels received outfielders Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez from the Phillies as a part of the deal.

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