For Pete's Sake

Current, former players come to Noah Syndergaard’s defense

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

Royals players (and quite a few fans) were enraged by Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard’s first pitch to Alcides Escobar in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

But many current and former ballplayers thought Syndergaard’s pitch was part of the game. Many thought the Royals' reaction was also just a part of the game:

Many Royals fans know Rob Neyer, and he wrote:

“Because I don’t believe, and I don’t think anyone believes, that Noah Syndergaard was trying to bean Alcides Escobar in Game 3. 

“Yes, it was obviously a purpose pitch, but in this case the purpose was to signal, as loudly and clearly as possible, that Escobar would be allowed to just dig and take a big hack at a first-pitch fastball down Broadway, as he’s done so many times in recent weeks. And seriously, why would you keep letting him do that.”

You can read more by following the link in his tweet below:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff