Sunday, September 6, 2015
MATT HARVEY RULES
The media can vilify Matt Harvey all they want. It does not matter
The fans can rip their ace for being a sellout, diva, and selfish player. He does not care.
Matt Harvey cares only about himself and that's not a bad thing. If fact, it's just the American
Way, isn't it?
Harvey and his super agent, Scott Boras, shocked followers of the Mets, not to mention its
front-office when they let it be known Harvey would be shut down for the season when he
reaches 180 innings pitched.
Smack dab in the middle of the pennant race, this wasn't what the long-suffering fan base
wanted to hear. It just ruined the good vibe that has been flowing since the beginning of
August when the Mets took over first place and started to put some distance between
themselves and the Washington Nationals.
Harvey missed all of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery, something that has
plagued so many pitchers at an alarming rate over the past five years. He went through a
year of painful, taxing, and arduous rehabilitation program to return and front the Mets'
At times during the season, Harvey has been his dominant self, at others, he's been just
average. He's complained of a dead arm and some other things that goe with throwing
near 100-mph fastballs.
Yes, and there's a reason starting pitchers only toe the rubber once a week. It takes time
to recover from throwing more than 100 speeding bullets, knee-buckling curveballs,
and unhittable change-ups. It damages the arm every time. Rest is needed.
Now, with the Mets nearing their first division title and playoff appearance in years,
Boras made it be known to the Mets, Harvey is done after reaching 180 innings. Trouble
is, Harvey has already thrown 166. For those scoring at home, Harvey is just 14 innings
away from putting his arm on ice, so to speak. That means the Dark Knight probably
won't be pitching in the post-season and to Mets' fans, that flat-out sucks.
OK, let's cut past the Mets front-office being shocked by the demands of Boras and
their position that they will be using Harvey the way they want to. Harvey is not going
to budge and that's smart.
With a $200 million payday just a few years away and the chance to be set for his
life, the life of his children, who are yet to be born, and their kids, Harvey should be
worrying about himself and his livelihood. It's his arm, his future, his legacy.
And that's OK. You'd do the same thing. If you say you'd sacrifice everything for
the good of the team, you're either an idiot or a liar. You can give use the line, "I'll
do whatever it takes for my company or team," but it would just be a lot of hot air.
Harvey has one arm which has been heavily reconstructed and one great chance to
capitalize on his talent in the form of a $200 million contract. Should he jeopoardize
everything for the good of the team?
He hired Boras, the best agent in the history of sports, to protect, serve, and make
him obscenely wealthy, something Boras has done for more a heckuva lot of players.
Google "Scott Boras" and you'll see what I'm talking about.
The New York Mets want to win the World Series and that's great. They've taken
care of Harvey with kid gloves over the years and that's fine, too. But we also know
they are still the Mets, who are cheap and realistically, have no intention of investing
$200 million pitcher whose already had Tommy John surgery. It's just how they
operate and their medical staff has a history of making bone-headed diagnosis with
some of their players.
Mets' fans can spew all the venom they want at Harvey and Boras, it does not matter.
They do not care just as you don't care what they think of them as you work and try
to provide for your family.
It's all about Matt Harvey and that's just the way of the world these days. If you had
a monster payday coming down the pike, you'd act the same way.