The Mets’ appreciation of hard knocks depends on whether they are the hammer or the nail on any given day.
Not surprisingly, they didn’t like Chase Utley’s hard slide into Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of the NLDS. Of course, they overwhelmingly endorsed Noah Syndergaard buzzing Alcides Escobar’s head on the first pitch of Game 1.
Syndergaard didn’t back off his intentions after the game, and in fact, boasted about them.
“If they have a problem with me throwing inside, they can meet me 60 feet, 6 inches away,’’ which was not the brightest of things for Syndergaard to say later.
The Royals haven’t stopped chirping about that pitch, and neither have the Mets.
“He went out there and did his job, and we’re all proud of him for that,’’ said Game 5 starter Matt Harvey. “His comments are, I think for us, kind of taken with a grain of salt. But we’re obviously happy about what he did.’’
There was a lot of speculation about payback before the game, but that was never going to happen.
It’s the World Series and nobody wants to tossed.
And, it’s the World Series an no team likes to have the momentum turn against them, but that’s the case here. The games have been close, but the Royals aren’t the same team they were in Kansas City. And, neither are the Mets. They are now the hammer.