Mini Noah Syndergaard throws out first pitch at Mets game (pics/vid)
Noah Syndergaard: Meet your diminutive doppelganger.
A young New York Mets fan nicknamed “Mini Thor” due to a remarkable resemblance to the pitcher nicknamed “Thor,
got his moment on a big-league mound when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday before his favorite team faced the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field.
Ashtin Gerberg, 5, originally garnered attention after a YouTube video celebrating his pitching prowess went viral. The Mets then took notice of not only how his long flowing locks make him the smaller spitting image of the Mets pitcher but also how he has a pretty impressive fastball for a boy his age.
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 when he got a chance to show off his skills from a major league mound, Mini Thor did not disappoint.
Meet #MiniThor 60 feet, 6 inches away. https://t.co/oA4Mix7eRJhttps://t.co/mX5Xm5F0VH
— MLB (@MLB) June 22, 2016
Young Ashtin even got the chance last weekend to meet and have a catch with Syndergaard.
“He’s a star at the baseball field because he’s so young and is playing against kids that are so much older,” Ashtin’s father Aaron said, via the New York Post. “He gets stopped everywhere we go.”
The only thing that could have soured Ashtin’s day at the ballpark was how Syndergaard had to leave the Mets’ 4-3 win due to elbow soreness, although reports indicate there is no structural damage and the pitcher is expected to make his next start.
(top image Noah Syndergaard/Instagram)