Entering Wednesday with a 7-2 record and 1.91 ERA in only his second MLB season, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard has rapidly built a fan base in the nation's most populous city.
But one young fan in particular has taken his admiration of the 23-year-old -- affectionately known as Thor to the New York faithful due to his long golden hair and throwing abilities -- to the next level.
Earlier in this season, the Mets recognized a local 5-year-old named Ashtin, better known as Mini-Thor, who made waves on the internet with his impersonations of the team's rising star:
Mini Thor is the most adorable, but intimidating thing you are going to see all day. Check out 5 year old Ashtin G.https://t.co/D6KsBn0erG
— New York Mets (@Mets) May 1, 2016
And on Wednesday, Ashtin's efforts were rewarded in an even more resounding way. Just before the Mets hosted the Royals – with Syndergaard set to start – the team allowed Mini Thor to take the mound for the ceremonial first pitch, as spotlighted by this MLB.com video:
The impressive effort by the young fan certainly set the tone for the afternoon, as Syndergaard proceeded to throw six innings with three earned runs en route to his eighth win, keeping the Mets in second place in the NL Wild Card standings. There was a bit of a downside to the day, as Syndergaard was forced to exit the start due to elbow tightness.
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