New York Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard may be an imposing figure on the mound but off the field he is a stand up guy. Noah helped teach the fundamentals of the game at the Citi Noah Syndergaard Baseball ProCamp at LIU Post. Children ranging from grades 1 through 8 came out to meet the 6’6″ ace and learn from one of the games rising stars. The campers took part in many activities teaching the fundamentals including base running, fielding, hitting, and pitching, as well as mini game scrimmages. The campers, along with Noah, were all having an absolute blast while educating the future on the game.
As a kid or teenager, being at the camp it could surely be nerve wracking taking tips from one of the great young pitchers in the MLB. Noah, being the mountain of a man that he is, can be intimidating to approach. However, he was very approachable and made everyone feel comfortable. He had a good attitude and made it a very fun environment. Overall the Citi Noah Syndergaard Baseball ProCamp was a great success.
Halfway through the event they opened up some time for the media to get some words with Syndergaard. After a wonderful start to the ProCamp I asked him what it meant to be working at a camp like this, giving these kids an opportunity to meet and work with a player in the big leagues that many of them idolize and one day strive to imitate. Syndergaard stated, “Its an awesome experience to be able to come out here and spend time with these kids and have fun and teach them how to have fun with baseball and the basics of the game.” Noah expanded upon this talking about an experience when he was younger and got to meet one of the professional MLS players on his hometown Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas). “I was 7 years old and I remember meeting him like it was yesterday so you never know when you’re going to have that kind of impact on the kids.” Noah clearly understands what it means to be a big figure in a big community and he is doing what he can to give back and create cool experiences for kids to remember.
Noah is just about to turn 24 years old but is very mature for his age. He knows how to have fun but he also has a great attitude towards the team and the game. I asked him with Harvey being out, if it fuels the fire to step up and become the top dog in the staff. “No, I mean each guy that takes the rock every 5 days is going out there and giving it their all in between the lines on the field. Whether its myself, Logan, Big Jake, Bartolo, or Steven we all go out there and try to be the ace of the staff that day and do whatever’s possible to contribute to a victory.” No surprise that Noah isn’t putting himself ahead of the rest of the staff. This just reassures that the pitching staff all have a great bond together and genuinely want each other to succeed each and every night; a quality that every manager wants in their ball players.
I then asked him about his arm and if pitching through the bone spur taught him anything or changed the way he pitched to be more conscious of hitting spots as opposed to overpowering batters. “No, it has just kind of changed the workload that I do in between starts. I don’t nearly throw as much, try to keep the quantity of how many pitches I throw in my bullpen down…but as far as health goes my arm feels good and as of right now I just have to keep on my program.” Only time will tell how Noah’s arm truly feels.
The Mets face an uphill batter for sure. If they want to keep their slim hope of the World Series alive it will have to be on the arm of Thor. For now however, it is great to see Syndergaard being a great athlete off the field and bringing enjoyment and pleasure to the community he plays for.