A spring training workout at the Carrier Dome wasn’t ideal, according to Noah Syndergaard.
The Mets made plans to visit Syracuse on Tuesday to promote the organzation’s new Triple-A team, which moved from Las Vegas over the offseason.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” Dominic Smith said. “When we got (to the Carrier Dome), we felt the energy from the crowd and and we loved every second of it.”
Before leaving for Syracuse, Syndergaard expressed his frustrations about the team going from Sarastoa to Syracuse, and then straight to Washington D.C. without stopping in New York City to get settled. He also added he didn’t think trips like this are what championship teams do.
“We all have our own opinions and we’re allowed to express them,” Brandon Nimmo said. “I was excited to get here. I think it turned out really well and I think Noah embraced it.”
Syndergaard brought the over 4,000 fans inside the Dome to its feet when he ran around with a Syracuse University flag.
“That’s Noah,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “He’s great. I think he understands how special this was to all the fans, and he wanted to do something special.”
Before the Mets made their way to Central New York, they experienced a flight delay of over three hours and didn’t get into Syracuse until late Monday night.
“That was interesting,” Nimmo said. “We got on the plane and there was a malfunction with some hydrolic fluid. Now that it’s happened, I would say it was probably a better thing than actually leaving on time because a lot of guys got to express their opinions and decide how we wanted to approach the season. We’re going to come out like bulldogs and we’re going to fight each day.”
The Mets open regular season play on Thursday when they face the Nationals at 1:05pm.