NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Call him Noah Synder-Claus.
New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard dressed up as Kris Kringle at the team’s annual Kids Holiday Party in the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field Tuesday morning.
He was joined by teammates Jose Reyes and Brandon Nimmo, who themselves donned their finest elf gear to help hand out presents to over 100 Queens elementary school students.
Today’s party comes as Major League Baseball announced a ban on team hazing rituals “requiring coercing or encouraging” players from “dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other characteristic.”
This past season, Brandon Nimmo was one of the Mets’ rookies dressed up like players from the film “A League of Their Own.” He sounded surprised to hear the news.
“For me it was a team bonding experience,” he said. “I was also very lucky to have a group of veterans that didn’t exploit us, so they kept it fun.”
The Mets worked with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland to make today’s event possible.