24 Nov 2021 | 04:49 | Baseball
East Coast-West Coast beef was a thing in the ’90s, but it looks like it’s alive and well in 2021.
Noah Syndergaard recently signed a one-year deal to head west and join the Angels, this after seemingly spurning the Mets’ qualifying offer in the process.
That decision seemed to anger New York’s (retired) sports pope and former WFAN radio host Mike Francesa, who took to Twitter to deliver some unsolicited, unrequested opinions on Syndergaard and the Mets:
“The Mets are better off without Syndergaard. In case you haven’t noticed, they have been without him for years,” Francesa tweeted.
Francesa is right about one thing: The Mets have been without Syndergaard for a few years, as “Thor” has been battling injuries since 2019, pitching just innings — both in 2021 — over that span.
In any case, the pitcher didn’t take kindly to Francesa’s words, instead delivering some ill will of his own in a reply:
“Damn, didn’t know you were still alive. Congrats,” Syndergaard responded.
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Not to be outdone, Francesa kept the beef alive, demonstrating his truly over-inflated opinion of himself, comparing his three-decades plus ratings dominance to Syndergaard’s legitimate, on-field athletic prowess:
“I competed every day for 35 years (and won) in my chosen profession in the greatest city in the world. Noah whined and ran away,” Francesa responded in a tweet.
Finally, Syndergaard delivered the finishing blow, dropping the hammer on Francesa after the incongruous comparison:
“Only thing you’ve ever won is being a gas-bag Mets hating opportunist. All you’ve done is talk s— and spread toxic crap for a career. Congrats again sweetie, you’re doing great,” he tweeted.
Syndergaard finished his Mets career with a 3.32 ERA and 2.92 FIP over 121 games (718 innings) in six, injury-riddled seasons with New York NL.
Francesa finished his radio career as New York’s Numbah 1, eventually sputtering to an end in a bad ratings loss to “The Michael Kay Show,” the ESPN Radio New York show in 2019.
If there’s any one thing that’s apparent, it’s that Francesa, the Radio Hall of Famer, still has his fastball. The Angels will hope that Syndergaard still has his, too.
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