This is not a good way to greet a new team. Thanks to the attention from being included in the Blue Jays - Mets trade for pitcher R.A. Dickey, Noah Syndergaard, his Twitter account has gotten much more attention. One tweet, posted December 9, is one that would have many people offended, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.
The controversial tweet was directed at Blue Jays minor leaguer Dayton Marze. Marze can be found on Twitter here, though he has since protected his tweets. His message to Marze? "@DMarze89 nice crocs f-- lol".
I must say, having once been 20 years old once like Syndergaard is, I may not have thought twice about calling a friend an offensive name. Had Facebook or Twitter existed back then, I may have posted something offensive myself. But as a professional athlete with the attention of many, it's simply not a good idea. Now, Syndergaard will have to shake this stigma as he begins his career in the Mets organization.
As Martino points out, though, the tweet was public and he is an adult:
Some feedback saying hey, he's 20. Leave him alone.Look, he's a public figure, old enough to serve, vote, etc., and he did this publicly.— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) December 18, 2012
As one fan replying to Martino points out, Syndergaard was employed at the time by the organization who suspended shortstop Yuniel Escobar for an anti-gay slur on his eyeblack last season, so he could have known better:
@martinonydnHe also played in the organization that suspended Yunel Escobar for his anti gay eye black— Carlo Cerilli(@Caldoo99) December 18, 2012
If you wish to follow Syndergaard on twitter, you can find him at @Noahsyndergaard. Check out video of him warming up from www.mlbprospectportal.com, a great site to learn about prospects.