New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom's 2018 National League Cy Young Award was barely out of the box when it became apparent the hardware was unfit for display.
Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Mets had to return deGrom's prize to the manufacturer after it was damaged during shipment to the team's spring training complex in Florida:
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Jacob deGrom’s NL Cy Young Award was damaged as it was shipped from New York to Florida. Four of the 11 letters in OUTSTANDING on the front are chipped and there is a slight chunk of wood missing in the back. The Mets are returning the award to the manufacturer for repair. https://t.co/nxZFDJSWX2
DeGrom formally received his trophy last month during the Baseball Writers’ Association of America dinner in Manhattan. The right-hander became the Mets' first NL Cy Young winner since R.A. Dickey in 2012.
In true Mets fashion, they can't even celebrate the one good thing that happened to them last season without something going wrong.