Noah Syndergaard hammers back at Grant Paulsen

Grant Paulsen does not like athletes with long hair. 

He can't stand them. He often likes the player, but can't stand their hair. 

"This is a long-running truth about me that I despise long-haired athletes," Paulsen said on 106.7 The Fan Friday. "If the hair is super long... that (annoys) me to no end."

The latest target? New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

"I'll never say anything bad about him as a pitcher," Paulsen said. "However, his hair was annoying me."

And so, Paulsen tweeted about Syndergaard during the second inning of his last start: Your "ponytail annoys me more than having a popcorn kernel stuck in my teeth in a world devoid of toothpicks."
A rather innocuous take. Odd, but innocuous. And not the first time Paulsen has made this point.
On Friday, a day after taking the loss to the Washington Nationals in the Mets' home opener, Syndergaard responded.

I hear you....I feel the same about guys named Grant. #struggleisreal

— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) April 5, 2019

Oh, boy.

"I'd love to just say to him, like, tip my cap and say, 'Well done, sir. This is a bad take from me.' But I can't do that. I can't give him the win," Paulsen said.

Instead, he decided to take his, admittedly biased opinion, and double down on it.

"I would sit Noah Syndergaard down in my office when I took over as general manager," Paulsen mused. "I would say... 'I think you're a great player, I think you're a good pitcher. I need you to get a hair cut.' And if he didn't want to get a hair cut that's OK. I'm gonna trade you for a boatload of prospects. 'Cause I'm not looking at you every fifth day. I'm not doing it."

"I can't look at your dumb hair and watch you pitch, even if its 98 on the black and I love you so much," he concluded.

Great, this is something. 

Of course, Paulsen admits, "This is my worst take." But it is one he defends, "It comes from a place of truth. It's from the heart."

The fracas over hair continued when Paulsen responded to Thor on Twitter and Thor fired back.

— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) April 5, 2019

Well, that escalated quickly. Paulsen is co-host of Grant & Danny on 106.7 The Fan, if Syndergaard really wanted to know.

Paulsen, however, remains unmoved.

"He needs to cut his hair. Period. He just has to," Paulsen declared. "Someone needs to take clippers to him while he's sleeping immediately."

More on this public tête-à-tête as it develops.

(Full Disclosure: Yes, long hair is a subject this author is absolutely an authority on.)

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