PORT ST. LUCIE — Man of the people that he is, Dom Smith routinely engages with Mets fans during spring training, and that good deed punishes him with unflattering images from — and words about — his past.
“I kind of see old pictures or sign an old card. I see how big I was,” the Mets’ first baseman and left fielder told The Post on Sunday. “It’s definitely something that I’m still shocked about, and it kind of amazes me.”
Or if they don’t produce photos, they’ll produced well-intentioned reminders, detailed Smith: “Every year I come in, they say, ‘You look like you lost even more weight!’ ”
He hasn’t, yet he can laugh off these callbacks because of what he has gained these past couple of years. Smith reported to spring training in 2018 weighing about 224 pounds, having previously registered as high as 260, and the scale hasn’t wavered much on him since. With questions about his conditioning out of the conversation, the answer about his future has arrived: As long as he stays healthy, the 24-year-old is a bona fide major leaguer.
“He’s a guy that can give you 400 at-bats and start at two different positions,” a talent evaluator…