Noah Syndergaard embraces Philadelphia on Twitter

Noah Syndergaard, then #34 of the New York Mets, steals the Phillies Phanatic's ATV before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2017.
Noah Syndergaard, then #34 of the New York Mets, steals the Phillies Phanatic's ATV before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2017. Photo credit Rich Schultz/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — New Phillies starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard — once a member of the rival Mets — has some making up to do with his new mascot, the Phillie Phanatic.

For years, the Phanatic has had fun on the field driving around on his ATV. On the occasion that the Phanatic is busy picking on the opposing team, a player or two has been known to make off with his prized ride. In 2017, Syndergaard did just that.

After the trade to the Phillies became official Tuesday night, Syndergaard tweeted a throwback of that moment, saying, “Well this is awkward.”

And, let’s not forget Syndergaard also once threw behind Phillies great Chase Utley when the latter was a Dodger. “Awkward yet again,” he tweeted. At least he didn’t hit Utley.

Syndergaard was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels for former No. 1 overall pick Mickey Moniak, as well as minor leaguer Jadiel Sánchez. Syndergaard is on an expiring contract and isn’t the same power pitcher he was when with the Mets, but he is a need the Phils filled as they go for a playoff push.

The Phillies also acquired center fielder Brandon Marsh from the Angels for top catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe and reliever David Roberston from the Cubs for pitching prospect Ben Brown.

Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said he wasn’t open to trading top prospects Mick Abel, Andrew Painter and Griff McGarry — three promising young pitchers in the Phillies system.