The colors and the name across the chest were new. The long blonde hair on the 6' 6" frame was all too familiar. Former New York Mets right-handed pitcher, Noah Syndergaard threw his first regular season pitches for his new team on Saturday. He wore number 34, like he did with the Mets. However, an Angels player had not worn that number in 13 years, exactly.
There have been plenty of great April Fools jokes played on sports fans throughout the years. Prior to web access and social media, it was harder to debunk some of these pranks. The greatest April 1st hoax in New York sports history came courtesy of Sports Illustrated almost four decades ago.