Donovan Mitchell

New York Mets fan and NBA star Donovan Mitchell went through it after Jacob deGrom’s exit from the team.

The now-former Mets ace inked a huge-money deal with the Texas Rangers on Friday night. The five-year, $185 million deal pulled deGrom away from Flushing to Dallas and to a competitive AL West division. deGrom had many suitors, including NL East rival Atlanta. But ultimately, deGrom decided on the Rangers, who are back to their free-agent splash ways.

Elsewhere, in the NBA world Friday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Orlando Magic, 106-97. Mitchell carved the Magic up for 34 points. It was Mitchell’s 12th 30-point game of the season. But the ace’s departure soured his mood.

After the game was over, Mitchell made sure to let everyone know how he felt. Cavs reporter Evan Dammarell of SB Nation tweeted, “‘I wasn’t going to even come out and finish the game. I am hurt! I. AM. HURT!’ Cavs guard Donovan Mitchell to me about Jacob deGrom signing with the Texas Rangers. Mitchell found out at halftime.”

Finding out at halftime is at least better than being blindsided after the game. So Spida didn’t have to worry there. But deGrom was a key piece and huge fan favorite. Seeing him leave, as a fan, will stink. But he wasn’t done venting.

At the postgame press conference, Mitchell continued. He said that he hated to see someone like deGrom leave the team. As SNY Mets tweeted, Mitchell said, “‘Probably gonna give him a call and cuss him out or something.’ Donovan Mitchell discusses Jacob deGrom signing with the Rangers and how he ‘hates to see a guy like that go.'”

[Evan Dammarell, SNY Mets]

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Chris Novak has been talking and writing about sports ever since he can remember. Previously, Novak wrote for and managed sites in the SB Nation network for nearly a decade from 2013-2022