deGrom gave the Mets 209 starts since his rookie year in 2014, posting a 2.52 ERA with 82 wins to 57 losses.
Following his exit from Queens, most wanted to and, at some point, were expecting some sort of goodbye message from the best Met for nearly a decade.
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Jacob deGrom’s goodbye to the Mets:
Yesterday, deGrom put a full-page ad in The New York Post with the following.
“To the city of New York, the New York Mets organization and Mets fans everywhere,
I can still remember the exact moment I stood on the Citi Field mound for the first time after getting called up in 2014. It was a moment filled with so many wonderful emotions that will always be etched in my mind.
My family and I are forever grateful to the Mets for an incredible last 12 years and, most importantly, for believing in me. For giving me the opportunity to play the game I love at the highest level for all these years. There are so many people that I want to thank and recognize:
Steve Cohen, Billy Eppler, and the entire front office, managers, coaches, players, both past and present, bullpen catchers, trainers, clubhouse personnel, security staff, family room workers, kitchen staff, PR staff, photographers, stadium personnel, New York City police officers, TV personalities and journalists. Each and every one of you played such a vital role in our lives in New York. Beyond a working relationship, many of you became true, life-long friends to Stacy and me.
To the New York Mets fans – your passion, devotion and unwavering support for me, from the very beginning, has been incredible. It is humbling and appreciated beyond words. Thank you for your dedication and for how kindly you embraced me and my family. It has been a true honor to wear a Mets uniform all these years. The New York Mets, the fans and the city will always hold a very special place in our hearts.
-Jacob deGrom and Family
One very nice goodbye letter from a Mets legend.
While it certainly is tough to see deGrom officially leave and now know he will wear another uniform, he provided this fanbase with years worth of special memories.
The farewell note was heartfelt and filled with gratitude. In the end, deGrom will always hold a monumental place in Mets’ history.