While staying within the social distancing guidelines -- 60 feet, six inches apart, to be exact -- Mets right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman and outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith prepared for the season together on Monday.
In the street in Florida, Stroman pitched to Smith, who was sans shoes and not wearing a mask.
As SNY's Steve Gelbs astutely pointed out, Smith was the Mets' emergency catcher last season, so perhaps he's planning to function in the same capacity if/when the 2020 season gets underway.
Smith said he was "Negro leaguing it!" by not wearing shoes, and also weighed in on his catching skills being nothing new.
They don't know bro 💪 https://t.co/wXW5vTuPaB- DOMINIC SMITH (@TheRealSmith2_) March 30, 2020
In addition to getting ready for the season with one another, Stroman and Smith are also preparing to be partners in an upcoming virtual beer pong tournament.
The regular season has been delayed until May 10 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic, though MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke last week about hopefully getting things underway at some point in May.