You know what? I’m just gonna come right out and say it: I like Matt Harvey.
I like his attitude. I like his arrogance. You know why? Because he has the goods to back it up.
And I have to laugh when I hear other fans complain about how other players aren’t “fun” and are “boring.” Because they revere alumni like Tom Seaver, who is universally known as a douchebag.
(But he’s our douche, so it’s all good)
But what’s more is that ever since 1986, the Mets front office has been intent on dismantling any team that has any semblance of a personality. Anyone who is not milquetoast, the more boring and “family friendly” you are, the better.
Forget if they’re actually, you know, *good* and help the team win. If they stray from the party line (which is: be bland, always), they’re automatically trouble.
Take the 1986 Mets. They won a world championship, for crying out loud. They drank, they did drugs, some even got arrested. Let me reiterate: THEY WON A CHAMPIONSHIP. No one micromanaged them. They did what they had to do.
When Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz wormed their way into Nelson Doubleday’s majority stake in the team after the World Series, all of a sudden, the bad ass personality was a “problem,” and let’s get bland boring “Jay-oh-bee” treating baseball players like Kevin McReynolds.
Perhaps if the PR and image people were less concerned with OMG WHAT WILL WE TELL THE CHILDREN, instead they let players be themselves. I saw the Matt Harvey instagram where he posted about his surgery, which happened six months ago. He’s a young guy. His skyrocketing career came to a screeching halt because (and this is just my opinion), his conditioning by the team of Dr. Death Rey Ramirez led to him getting Tommy John Surgery. I thought the photo was funny. My next thought was….Oh, Jay Horwitz isn’t gonna like THIS one.
And what happens? Harvey is asked to delete his post, and he just deletes his Twitter account instead.
Harvey didn’t apologize for potentially “offending” anyone.
Matt Harvey: “I’m not going to apologize for being myself and having a good laugh at a funny little picture.”
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 22, 2014
I mean, seriously, what’s next? Are the Mets going to exhume Dick Young to write a scandalous slam piece on how Matt Harvey’s girlfriend is jealous of Zack Wheeler’s girlfriend, and Harvey demands a trade before a weekday day game start, which will forever be known in Mets lexicon as “The Daytime Dilemma?”
The fact is, this team hasn’t had anyone with a goddamn personality for YEARS. You want Wonder Bread David Wright? You got him! Any flashy players who show an iota of a personality are kicked the curb and chased out of town.
Look at Ike Davis, and he started his career with a bang in Pittsburgh. Yes, I know it’s a small sample set. But a change of scenery looks to be helping his Valley Fever or whatever the hell was ailing him.
The truth is, perhaps Davis was suffering what a lot of former Mets players who are kicked the curb or given the slam treatment after leaving town: Walter Mittyitis. And if we’re not careful, that’s exactly what’s gonna happen to Matt Harvey. The Mets are intent on driving away the only talented guy they have on the team, for fear that OMG WHAT WILL WE TELL THE CHILDREN actually matters.
Look at other teams. Ryan Braun returned to the Brewers with little to no fanfare after a suspension.
His teammate instigated a bench clearing BRAWL, and no one gives a shit. Except for maybe the “purity of the game” sanctimonious pricks.
And soon, I think Alex Rodriguez will finish his career and people will quiet down about him too.
Harvey says when you can’t have fun on social media, “it becomes time to get rid of it.” So he deleted his account.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) April 22, 2014
Can’t have it both ways: players to be accessible/personable via social media but also to be milquetoast. Doesn’t work, good for MH33 #mets — The Coop (@Coopz22) April 22, 2014
When you stop having fun, it’s time to quit. And good for Harvey for recognizing it. Yet, the same people who forced him into a corner are also the same folks who are trying to make players more accessible and personable to fans. Something that has been missing for years, decades even. You can’t have it both ways. Otherwise, I’m gonna see David Wright and Daniel Murphy sharing cookies and milk and playing checkers instead of the players having fun.
I’ll be talking about this and a lot more on the Mets Lounge podcast tonight at 4 pm ET. I had to bump the start time a bit earlier, so I could drink at the cocktail hour at the Mets game social hour I’m attending. I definitely want to be sober for my rants.
Um, wasn’t this the guy who said he wants to be the new Derek Jeter in NYC? LOL! Never. Gonna. Happen.
Please stop trying to defend Harvey. He acts like one of the many frat boy douchebags I see at bars all the time. He has won nothing yet. Big mouth, and until he actually backs it up with a ring, it’s all talk. Even you have to agree on that.
In the end he’ll look good in a Braves or Dodgers uniform. You just know it will happen. Because they’re the Mets!
Leave the kid alone and let him be who he is. If he gets his jollies by posting twitter pics of himself in a robe, or giving the bird to whatever hot model took that pic of him in a surgical cap, good for him.
Why the hell should any of us care? I care about what he does on the field when he’s on the field. And you know what he does?
He kicks ass and takes names.
Get over yourselves wannabe morality police. Complain to me about Matt Harvey when you work out like a maniac every day of the weak, eat nothing but gluten free food and live a completely healthy lifestyle to fine tune your body so you can dominate on the pitching mound – because that’s what Matt Harvey does.
And oh by the way, Lets Go Mets!
Right on! The pic was really funny.