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Noah Syndergaard celebrated his six-year Mets anniversary with Brandon Nimmo at a Knicks game

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You'd be hard-pressed to find a better trade in recent Mets history than the one that took place on Dec. 17, 2012. On that day, then-GM Sandy Alderson sent ace R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays for John Buck and three prospects.

It was a stunning move at the time. Dickey might have been 38, but he was a knuckleballer with plenty of miles left on the arm and had also just captured the National League Cy Young Award. How could any Minor Leaguer be worth that?

Thankfully for Mets fans, the package included two players who proved pivotal to their surprising run to the NL pennant just three years later -- catcher Travis d'Arnaud and starter Noah Syndergaard. The tall righty recognized the six-year anniversary of this trade with a tweet on Monday:

Saluting New York's infamous naked cowboy is one thing, but Syndergaard had more than that in store for his anniversary.

Later on Monday, he met up with teammate Brandon Nimmo at Madison Square Garden, where the fan favorites took in a Knicks game at courtside:

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It certainly helps to have connections, and the Knicks made sure to shout Syndergaard out on their Twitter account, too:

The Knicks couldn't pull out a victory, as they fell to the Suns, 128-110, but that didn't stop Syndergaard from having a good time messing around with his pal.

Nimms, don't talk. Just listen. @nyknicks

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