On Tuesday, the Carrier Dome opened it’s doors to the local community as well as a Major League Baseball club.
The New York Mets held their final group work out before the team begins the 2019 regular season on Thursday down in Washington.
After arriving in Syracuse past midnight Monday due to an issue with their plane, the Mets took to the turf inside the dome for their final spring training practice.
This comes on the heels of reigning Cy Young winner Jacob DeGrom signing a five-year deal to remain with the team, news that came out just hours before the Mets began practice.
Another one of their aces, Noah Syndergaard, had been very vocal about the trip to Syracuse.
He wanted no part of coming here, and yet, by the end of the day, he sure did look like he was enjoying himself.
He went around signing autographs for fans, and then, even decided to take the giant ‘Cuse flag for a run around the field.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway says that seeing Noah put on a show for the fans is no surprise.
“That’s Noah. That’s Noah. He’s great. I think that he understands how special this was to all the fans, and he wanted to do something special for the guys…..No, no. I didn’t have to. He understands that we’re here for the fans sake. That’s one thing about Noah, he’s always going to be there for the fans. There’s no doubt about it,” he said.
Along with Syndergaard, there were plenty of other players who spent time right here in Binghamton.
Whether it was with the BMets or the Rumble Ponies, guys like Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Tomas Nido, and even former Ponies manager Luis Rojas, were all in attendance Tuesday.
Another former Bingo player, Dominic Smith, was on hand.
Smith spoke afterwards about the organizations decision to move the Triple-A club to Syracuse, and even showed Binghamton some love.
“I think it should be fun. A lot of those guys in that locker room came through the Binghamton affiliate, which is down the street. If you talk to a lot of those guys, they’ll say that’s one of the funnest cities in the levels that they played at. So, we’re pretty familiar with upstate New York. We’re excited that it’s definitely in Syracuse, which will make the travel a lot easier. But, we’re pretty familiar with upstate New York, so we’re happy it’s back here in Syracuse,” says Smith.
While right down the street is a bit of a stretch, the love for Binghamton from the players is certainly appreciated.
Again, New York opens their season on Thursday in Washington.
First pitch between the new look Mets and the Bryce Harper-less Nationals is at 1:05 pm, with the newly re-signed DeGrom taking the hill opposite fellow Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer.
You’ll be able to hear more from the Mets Wednesday on NewsChannel 34 Sports.