SNY’s Keith Hernandez summed it up perfectly once he saw the silly threesome from his monitor: “It’s a long season.”

As pictured above, New York Mets starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz performed the old paper cup ears tactic in the dugout tonight as fellow starter Logan Verrett is pitching against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The question remains, “Why the tactic?”

We can only speculate, but speculate we will.

  1. Maybe it was simply due to the fact the Mets are in Philly. I mean, let’s face it: Philly fans can be animals sometimes.
  2. A lost bet? Perhaps Yoenis Cespedes bet the trio that Terry Collins wouldn’t play any Met at the MLB All-Star Game.
  3. A Verrett thing? Did Logan Verrett (tonight’s starter), ask for this quirk for some strange and very misplaced support?
  4. A Bartolo Colon thing? Hey, anything’s possible on a club with Big Sexy involved.
  5. A Bone Spur thing? As the title of the video eludes, this is our best bet. The trio decided to use the paper cups as a symbol for their “read no evil, hear no evil” stance as it relates to Thor and Matz’s recent bone spur issues.

Whatever the hell it was, congrats fellas. You most definitely gave us something to ponder for a few minutes.

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