New Mets prospect Noah Synderaard — acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade — has already mastered the fine art of heading off the New York media before they get a chance to splatter a misstep all over the back pages.
Yesterday, when the righthanded pitcher was asked to comment during a conference call where he was introduced — along with catcher Travis d'Arnaud and John Buck — as the newest members of the Mets, Syndergaard immediately apologized for an anti-gay remark he posted on Twitter last week, calling it "a poor attempt at humor."
The 20-year-old Syndergaard tweeted to the account of fellow minor leaguer Dayton Marze this tweet on Dec. 9.:
"@DMarze89 nice crocs f-- lol."
The tweet no longer appears on Syndergaard's timeline.
"I had a little mishap on Twitter about a month ago, and it was just brought to my attention this morning," Syndergaard said during the Tuesday conference call.
"I'd just like to apologize for anything that was said. A buddy and I were having a little conversation. I had a poor attempt at humor and an even worse attempt at using a term I shouldn't have used. I hope I didn't offend anybody. I'm really sorry my first introduction to being a New York Met had to be like this."
Syndergarrd — the No. 3 rated prospect in the Blue Jays' farm system — was a crucial part off the deal that sent NL Cy Young winner Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to Toronto.
Welcome to New York newbie. Just watch what you say, do or tweet.