Noah Syndergaard wanted the shirts as a tribute to teammate Yoenis Cespedes. So the fireballing Mets righthander phoned a friend at the website Barstool Sports.
Soon, the Mets were sharing in the bounty of black tops that read "Yo Knows Beisbol."
"They sent us a bunch," said Syndergaard, who wore the shirts before Friday's Subway Series opener, along with a handful of other Mets and Cespedes himself.
The shirts added to a sense of ease in the Mets clubhouse, even with a looming slate of Subway Series games, each of them packed with pennant-race implications.
"I do my best to try to tune it out," said Syndergaard, who will make his debut in the crosstown rivalry Saturday. "Sometimes, it's a little difficult. I just try to use it to my advantage. Once I step on the mound, it's just me out there with Travis out there playing catch. That's what I'm focused on."
Syndergaard, 23, is coming off a strong outing following a brief shutdown to conserve his innings. Against the Braves on Sept. 12, Syndergaard allowed just one run in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked just one.
"I'm really excited about tomorrow, first Subway Series, I'm really excited to be a part of that," Syndergaard said. "Just being outside for BP right now, there's a lot of fans already waiting for some baseball. It's really cool, just two teams competing for a playoff spot, so it's going to be a lot of fun."
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