/Syndergaard sets Royals off with 'statement' pitch

Syndergaard sets Royals off with 'statement' pitch

NEW YORK — New York Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, after watching his team get bullied in Kansas City, and even taunted by the Royals, decided Friday evening to take matters in his own hands.

He vowed to his teammates he would send a message — as loud and clear as possible — that the New York Mets aren’t going to back down to anybody.

So he picked up the baseball, and on the first pitch of the game, threw it as hard as he could, over the head of Alcides Escobar, sending him sprawling to the ground, with the Kansas City Royals screaming obscenities at him.

And just in case anyone missed the message, Syndergaard reiterated with words after the Mets’ 9-3 rout over the Kansas City Royals, cutting the Royals’ lead to 2-1 in this best-of-seven series.

“If they have a problem with me throwing inside,” Syndergaard said, “then they can meet me 60-feet, six-inches away. I’ve got no problem with that.”

The Royals certainly weren’t bashful telling Syndergaard they’ve got a problem with him.

“Everybody in this locker room thinks that was on…

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