Noah Syndergaard waived a flag of surrender on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome.
It wasn’t the traditional white flag. That wouldn’t do.
Syndergaard considered his surroundings and made a smarter choice.
As in Syracuse University.
The Mets ace closed his team’s practice in the Dome with a quick jaunt around the field holding high a large flag with Syracuse University’s block "S.''
The 4,296 fans in attendance roared, And just that quickly, Syndergaard was an honorary Central New Yorker.
Syndergaard wasn’t in a marketing mood earlier this week when he griped about spending one of the two days off before Thursday’s opener in Washington swinging through Syracuse.
Syndergaard wasn’t made available to the media after practice, but Mets manager Mickey Callaway said the flag show was the pitcher’s idea.
"That’s Noah. He’s great. I think that he understands how special this was to all the fans,'' Callaway said. "He wanted to do something special. 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.''
Syndergaard’s initial concerns aside, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo said he enjoyed the trip to the Dome.