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Noah Syndergaard Won’t Drop Feud With Mike Francesa Or His Fans

“The former New York Mets pitcher recently left the team in free agency, and Francesa thinks the Mets will be ‘better off’ for it.”

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Don’t expect to see Noah Syndergaard chumming it up with Mike Francesa any time soon. The former New York Mets pitcher recently left the team in free agency, and Francesa thinks the Mets will be “better off” for it.

“The Mets are better off without Syndergaard. In case you haven’t noticed, they have been without him for years,” Francesa tweeted.

“Damn, didn’t know you were still alive,” Syndergaard responded. “Congrats.”

The Los Angeles Angels pitcher wasn’t done; he kept lobbing shots at Francesa all afternoon last Friday.

“Mikes retired and in the broadcasters HOF,” Joe Burke said to Syndergaard. “How’s that lookin’ for you? 47-31 aint cuttin’ it dude.”

“Did he make the Lawnmower Hall of Fame too?” Syndergaard replied. Another Francesa defender rattled off the hosts’ accomplishments, and Syndergaard replied with a “Damn Daniel” GIF.

“Mike was number one in this town for 30 years,” Daniel Arons tweeted. “His impact, legacy, and importance in NYC will be felt and remembered for a long time. You had an underperforming run and never lived up to expectations you’ll be forgotten about quickly. Enjoy the sunshine and Mickey Mouse.”

Francesa never engaged with Syndergaard directly but did say this via Twitter on Saturday morning: “I competed every day for 35 years (and won) in my chosen profession in the greatest city in the world. Noah whined and ran away.”

Syndergaard, ready to get the last word, clapped back.

“Only thing you’ve ever won is being a gas-bag Mets hating opportunist,” the pitcher replied. “All you’ve done is talk shit and spread toxic crap for a career. Congrats again sweetie, you’re doing great.”

Finally, out of left field, Audacy and MLB Network insider Jon Heyman weighed in. “Here’s another difference: Noah is entertaining,” the baseball insider said on Twitter.

The media coverage in Anaheim won’t be anything like it was for Syndergaard in New York, but he’ll be ready to call out the haters no matter where he plays.

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Michael Irvin: ‘Shan & RJ Start National Conversations’

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

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Michael Irvin makes regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He is one of the many stars associated with the Dallas Cowboys that make time to talk to the hosts on the team’s flagship station. On Thursday morning, The Playmaker joined Shan & RJ and told them to be careful with the words they choose.

Irvin came on following a discussion of Mike McCarthy’s final conversation with the media for the season. During the segment, one of the host’s said it was the Cowboys’ coach’s “final conversation.” Irvin said that statement needed some clarity.

“You should have added ‘of this year’,” he said. “Because the national guys, they’ll pick it up and run with that.”

It isn’t just a matter of what was said. Michael Irvin says that the national media will pay attention to who said it was McCarthy’s final conversation with the media and jump to conclusions.

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

The hosts laughed as Irvin made the declaration. Maybe they enjoyed the characterization. Maybe they knew he was telling the truth.

Plenty of national headlines have been generated by appearances from Jerry and Stephen Jones on the station. Although, to be fair to Shan & RJ, K&C Masterpiece has been at the center of plenty of those conversations too.

That didn’t stop Michael Irvin distilling Shan & RJ’s role in the national media conversation about the Cowboys to a simple sentence: “Y’all starting mess out here.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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David Ortiz On WEEI: Everyone Knows Dan Shaughnessy’s An A-Hole

“He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.”

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You don’t have to guess how David Ortíz feels about Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy. He is more than happy to tell you if you ask.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame candidate was a guest on WEEI and afternoon host Lou Merloni asked. He wanted to know how Ortíz felt about Shaughnessy saying he would never vote for the Red Sox slugger to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

“You know that Dan Shaughnessy has been an asshole to everybody,” Big Papí responded.

He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.

“What can I do? Dan’s not gonna stop anything. He’s just one guy that didn’t vote for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But I mean, this is a guy who likes giving a hard time to everyone, so you’ve got to love him that way.”

For the record, according to BBHOFTracker.com, Ortíz has received more votes than anyone else on the ballots of the writers that have made their votes public. Time will tell if that holds up and he meets the 75% threshold for induction.

Dan Shaughnessy released his Hall of Fame ballot last week along with the rest of the Boston Globe staff. He only voted for Jeff Kent. He was the only one not to vote for Big Papí

David Ortíz will find out next week if he is in. He is one of four players with the numbers that make one think it makes sense for him to be in the Hall of Fame, but a cloud of doubt over him because of his past use of performance enhancing drugs.

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