NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Noah Syndergaard is a Texas boy, but man, does he love the Big Apple.
The Mets' star pitcher has been taking everything in since joining the club. You can see him at Rangers games and Knicks games, in Central Park and at Manhattan restaurants.
He's also been seen at an Islanders game in Brooklyn and a Giants game in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"When I came here for the (2013) Futures Game we went to Times Square and I thought it was amazing," the 23-year-old told the New York Daily News. "Being from a small town I'd never seen anything like it and I wanted to come back. Now, I've had a chance to broaden my horizons from Times Square and explore more of the city."
"Thor" made his major league debut for the Mets on May 12. He had an outstanding rookie season, going 9-7 with a 3.24 ERA. The towering 6-foot-6 figure struck out 166 and walked 31 in 150 innings.
Under the brightest lights in the postseason, Syndergaard proved that he's not afraid of the biggest stage. The flamethrower went 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in four playoff games, striking out 26 in 19 innings.
"I love it here," Syndergaard told the newspaper. "I had some time after the season and I wanted to just experience all I could of it. I wanted to do things I couldn't do in the season and I am having a lot of fun."
Syndergaard's career has just begun, but if he lives up to expectations and continues to pitch brilliantly, he'll have an opportunity down the line to make a boatload of money.
The Mets will cross that bridge when they get to it. But they can take comfort in the fact that, as of now, the blonde right-hander plans to wear blue and orange for the rest of his career.
"I want to be a Met for life," Syndergaard told the New York Daily News. "I love it."
Music to the ears of the Wilpons, general manager Sandy Alderson and Mets fans everywhere.
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