Noah Syndergaard just learned not to eat his lunch in the clubhouse during a game

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Drama in Port St. Lucie today during the Mets’ intersquad game vs., um, the Mets. Marc Carig of Newsday gave the blow-by-blow:

Marc has more details about it in his Twitter feed, but that’s the gist. That and the fact that, according to Carig, all pitchers were told they needed to be on the bench for the game, not in the clubhouse. And that this is not Syndergaard’s first big league camp, so he should’ve known better.

So that happened. On the bright side: we probably won’t see any of those tired “David Wright needs to step up and be a leader” articles for a good long while. Oh, and I imagine Syndergaard is going to be getting a pretty nifty nickname out of all of this eventually.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.