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.
Well this is awkward pic.twitter.com/7kuJ5FxtUg
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) August 2, 2022
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.
[Noah Syndergaard on Twitter]