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Mets' Noah Syndergaard Embraces Upstate Fans

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -

Noah Syndergaard made headlines for expressing his opposition to the New York Mets' trip to the Carrier Dome two days before their season opener in Washington, D.C. He seemed to have a change of heart at the event though, signing autographs, tossing balls into the crowd, and even taking a lap with a Syracuse University flag.

"He understands how special this was for all the fans and he wanted to do something special for them," said New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway dispelling any rumors about his presence at the workout.

In his initial statement, Syndergaard implied his teammates also opposed the trip to the Carrier Dome.  After the workout, his teammates recognized his change in demeanor. 

"Whatever Noah said is what he said," said first baseman Dominic Smith. "You could tell out there he was having a good time."

"We all have our own opinions and we're allowed to express them," said outfielder Brandon Nimmo. "I think it turned out really well and that Noah embraced it."

At the end of the day, it was one last chance for the Mets to prepare for the regular season in front of their upstate fans, not what Syndergaard expected, which Callaway made light of during his time at the podium.

"He got a lot of conditioning in running that flag around today, so he's going to be in even better shape because he came here."