Was Noah Syndergaard cheating last night? What was he doing with his two fingers? pic.twitter.com/9jhwxwhkpr
— Angelo Cataldi (@AngeloCataldi) April 16, 2019
The New York Mets video that has baseball fans across the globe labeling starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard a “cheater.”
The sky is blue, UFC fighters punch people, and baseball players own specific tricks—this is the understandable order of the world.
Thor, as the kids have come to know him, was caught on camera taking two fingers and ever so inappropriately rubbing them on the heel of his glove right before the grip (video above).
Of course the footage has since gone nuts on Twitter and other various sources across the web.
Syndergaard, 26, hasn’t enjoyed the greatest start to the fresh campaign. Through four starts, his 5.63 ERA, 1,125 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 24 total innings pitched hasn’t been very Thor-like.
His last start saw him five runs on nine hits and three walks in an exciting 7-6 extra-inning win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night—the very same outing in which the footage was uncovered.
Is it cheating? It depends on who you ask.
The night featured a 50-degree, 24-mph wind element-filled contest. Interestingly enough, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper has no issue with the plausible doctoring of the baseball with pine tar. Harper made the comments last year, via Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.
“Absolutely. I’m all in favor of it,” Bryce Harper said. “If there’s a guy out there that needs it, I’m all for it. I don’t want to get hit in the head or the face. So whatever they need out there, I’ll let them have it.”
For now, it’s just a video. Fans will go back and forth for the foreseeable future and it won’t change until something else (other than a video) surfaces.
Yes, Noah Syndergaard looks as though he doctored the ball in some manner. And yes, the sky is still blue (not as blue as it used to be, but you get the idea).