That's due in large part to Mr. Met, New York's mischievous mascot that has developed somewhat of a feisty (and oh-so-playful) relationship with the man known to the city as Thor.
Apparently, Mr. Met caught up with Syndergaard's mother, Heidi, after Monday's game for a photo-op just outside the stadium gates, an action that elicited a strong reaction from Syndergaard on Twitter:
Mother! How could you?!?!? pic.twitter.com/VukKt15V80- Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) April 3, 2017
That this all happened on game No. 1 of 162 implies that this back-and-forth between the Mets right-hander and the team's mascot will only continue ... so stay tuned for the next chapter of this ongoing saga as it develops!