The Dodgers signed right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard last week, a move that would have been much bigger news five years ago but still carries a sense of excitement about the potential for him to regain his former stuff. That sense of excitement goes both ways, as Syndergaard said in his Zoom call with the media on Monday.
“This is a pretty surreal moment. It’s been my dream ever since I was first introduced to Dodger Stadium to play for the Dodgers, since 2015. Just the energy and atmosphere that the Dodger fans create and just the goosebumps I get every time I step on the field even as a visiting player, I feel like my performance is always elevated when I play here,” Syndergaard said.
“And even this year when I kind of had a down year, based off my expectations and my standards, I still feel like the one start I had at Dodger Stadium was still some of the best stuff I had. I have the utmost confidence in the staff and in the organization to help me get back to being the old me. And I’m just really fortunate and blessed to play for such a great organization that the Dodgers are.”
It’s not the first time Syndergaard has spoken fondly of Dodger Stadium. He is famously anti-wave at baseball stadiums, but back in 2018, he made one exception:
Official Statement: Dodger Stadium is the only acceptable ballpark to do the WAVE. The ban shall remain in effect for all other stadiums.
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) September 5, 2018
Those of us who love the Dodgers know how special Dodger Stadium is and what a great atmosphere it is for a baseball game. It’s good to see opposing players recognize it, too, to the point of actually signing with L.A. to be a part of it. Looks like the credit on this signing goes to us, folks. We did it!
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