Mariners’ Paul Sewald enjoys silencing Mets fans in return

Being booed by fans at Citi Field is nothing new to Paul Sewald. That’s why it felt so good to shut her up on Friday night.

Sewald, who was drafted by the Mets in 2012 and spent his first four seasons in the big leagues playing for them, returned to Citi Field with the Mariners Friday night. He entered the game in the seventh inning, was booed by the Mets fans, and got Starling hitting Marte in a 1-1 game with second- and third-place runners. He returned in the eighth inning after the Mariners went 2-1 up and had three outs, including a strikeout by Eduardo Escobar, to end the inning.

“I’ve had a lot of positive moments here and unfortunately too many negative moments when I was a Met,” Sewald said before the teams played Saturday night. “That’s kind of why I’m not anymore. [Friday night] was emotional. The fans weren’t my biggest fans when I was here, so doing it in front of them, especially when they booed me, was a little extra motivation, a little extra excitement. Nothing against New York fans, they are very passionate. When things are going well, they are the best fans. When they’re not doing so well, they’re hard on you.

Paul Sewald plays the Mets on Friday.
Paul Sewald plays the Mets on Friday.
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“It just felt good to do it in this stadium where I grew up pitching.”

The Mets did not write out Sewald after the 2020 season and he signed with Seattle. It was hard to argue with the Mets’ decision. Sewald had a career ERA of 5.50 with the Mets, going 1-14 in 125 games.

Coming down from the hill on Friday, he let out a yell and it was clear what the performance meant to him.

“It took 18 months,” Sewald told Mariners reporters Friday night. “They got rid of me and I was hoping I could come up here and compete against them. It’s quite nice to do it really well and help our team get the win for it.

“You gave up on me, so it’s pretty nice to get a little revenge today. The most important thing is that we won.”

Sewald turned his career around in Seattle. He started this season by retiring each of the first 18 batters he faced in his first six appearances. He went 10-3 with 11 saves and a 3.06 ERA last year.

“I’m just a different guy,” Sewald said. “No more boards, no more boarding and alighting, no more switches. It’s just fastballs on top and sweeping sliders. I have two different pitches than when I was here. If I had had these pitches when I was in New York, I would have been a great helper in New York. It wasn’t a Seattle thing. I changed as a pitcher and it coincided with my transition from the Mets to the Mariners. Mariners’ Paul Sewald enjoys silencing Mets fans in return


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