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CHICAGO — James McCann takes it personally.

From Jacob deGrom right on down the line, the Mets have received dominant starting pitching to begin the season, a fact in which the team’s new catcher has taken a certain level of satisfaction.

The Mets entered play Tuesday at Wrigley Field with a 2.27 ERA from the starting rotation — which ranked third in the major leagues.

“I take a lot of pride in that,” McCann said before the Mets opened a three-game series against the Cubs. “I tell my pitchers when they have good games, I have good games. When they have bad games, I have bad games. It hurts me as much on the inside when a pitcher has a rough outing as much as it hurts them. Their ERA is my ERA and I take a lot of pride in that.”

The most recent gem had occurred Sunday when Marcus Stroman allowed one run over eight innings to beat the Rockies. Two of the top five ERAs in the majors belonged to Mets pitchers as Tuesday’s play began: Jacob deGrom (0.45) and Stroman (0.90).

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But Taijuan Walker and David Peterson had also provided the Mets with strong performances.

“I feel really good about my relationship with all of them — the way we have been able to work together so far has been great,” said McCann, who arrived in December on a four-year contract worth $40.6 million. “The communication has been great, and honestly that speaks to the type of people we have in the clubhouse. It’s been a fairly seamless transition as far as the communication and being able to talk to each other and learn from each other. It’s been a group effort.”

The Mets didn’t have such a presence behind the plate in Wilson Ramos, whose 2021 option was declined after a disappointing season, both offensively and defensively. Ramos has since landed with the Tigers, for whom he’s blasted six homers in the first 14 games. McCann is still looking to get on track offensively — he carried a .258/.303/.355 slash line with one homer into Tuesday — but on the list of lineup underachievers names such as Michael Conforto, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil take precedence at this point.

McCann’s big arm behind the plate has helped. Overall he had thrown out 3 of 8 (37.5 percent) of runners attempting to steal against him this season, entering play. That included Trevor Story at second base to conclude Sunday’s game in Colorado.

A walk-off throw-out? McCann says he’ll take it over a walk-off homer.

“I can honestly say, I don’t know if I have seen a walk-off throw out,” McCann said. “You see walk-off homers regularly, but I guess I have never seen that happen. Being a part of that, big moment, good hitter at the plate, one-run game to end a game like that, it was pretty special.

“I don’t keep up with the percentage. I take care of what I can control. How am I throwing the ball, how is my exchange, how is my footwork and all that type stuff. I know at the end of the season the numbers will be what they are supposed to be if I take care of the process, and that is what I really focus on is the process.”

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  • Prince Harry has revealed he wanted to quit life as a royal when he was in his early 20s. 
  • "I was thinking, I don't want this job, look what it did to my mom," he told Dax Shepard.
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Long before he and Meghan Markle shocked the world by stepping away from the royal family, Prince Harry was already dreaming about his exit from Buckingham Palace. 

The Duke of Sussex got candid this week on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, revealing that he wanted to quit the world of royalty when he was in his early 20s. 

"I was thinking, I don't want this job, I don't want to be here. I don't want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mom," Harry told the actor. "How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family when I know it's going to happen again? I've seen behind the curtain, I've seen the business model and seen how this whole thing works and I don't want to be part of this." 

Prince Harry touched on his struggles of growing up in the harsh spotlight Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry on holiday in Majorca, Spain in 1987. Georges De Keerle/Getty Images

The Duke of Sussex described it as a mix between living in a zoo and "The Truman Show," a 1998 film — starring Jim Carrey — about a man who discovers that his entire life has been secretly filmed and broadcast to the masses for their entertainment. 

Fame often left Harry feeling helpless, which he said has always been "my biggest sort of Achilles heel." 

"The three major times I felt completely helpless: One was when I was a kid in the back of the car and my mom was being chased by paparazzi," Harry told Shepard. "Two was in Afghanistan in an Apache helicopter, and the third was with my wife." 

"Those were the moments in my life where, yeah, feeling helpless hurts, it really hurts. And that's when you think to yourself, s---, I've got the privilege, I've got the platform, I've got the influence, and even I can't fix this, I can't change this. And when you start getting into your head about it, that's when it starts taking a toll." 

Harry said he tried to 'run away' from his mental health struggles when he was young Prince Charles with Prince William and Prince Harry outside Westminster Abbey at the funeral of Princess Diana. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

"Every one of us will try to find some way to mask the actual feeling, and try to feel different than how we actually feel," he said. 

Harry made headlines throughout his 20s for his hard-partying ways, including playing strip poker in a Las Vegas hotel. 

"I certainly didn't have the awareness when I was going wild," he told Shepard. "Like, why am I actually doing this? Well, in the moment it was like, why not? I'm in my 20s. That's what you're supposed to do, isn't it?" 

Prince Harry said Meghan Markle encouraged him to start therapy after they began dating and it was 'like the bubble was burst'  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in January 2020. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/WPA Pool/Getty Images

"I plucked my head out of the sand and gave it a good shake off and I was like, you're in this position of privilege, stop complaining and stop thinking you want something different," he continued. "Make this different, because you can't get out. How are you going to do these things differently? How are you going to make your mom proud and use this platform to really affect change?"

It was this realization that helped Prince Harry open up about his own mental health to the public. 

"I feel more comfortable now talking about my own struggles because I do it to help other people," he said. "I don't see it as complaining, and I don't think anyone should see talking about your own issues as complaining." 

"It's about sharing your story, knowing how relatable it is. Because I guarantee you that, by sharing the vulnerabilities and experiences you've had growing up, you're going to have a positive impact on someone's life," he said. 

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