The Matt Harvey saga is over… at least for now. The Mets have accepted his apology.
Is the saga really over though? Who knows. I mean, the Mets did send security over to Harvey’s apartment on Saturday night, and he did file a grievance against his team over the suspension. And it did just recently come out that Harvey was partying until 4 AM on Cinco de Mayo.
But, he apologized. You cannot erase bad actions, but you can apologize for them, and then follow-up the apology by never doing said actions (or similar) again. We’ll just have to wait and watch to see if Harvey’s actions back up his words, that is, if he and the Mets don’t part ways first.
A press conference was held on Tuesday afternoon where Harvey spoke to the media. Standout comments from Harvey included:
"“As i just did with my teammates and all of the coaches, I apologized for my actions and I do apologize for my actions”“There’s only one thing I can do and that’s apologize and sincerely mean that and do everything I can to move forward.”“The last thing I ever want to do again is put me or this team in this kind of situation.”“I understand everybody’s anger, the organization doing what they did. I completely understand. It’s me who takes full blame for that and it’s me who needs to fix it.”"
Harvey additionally addressed all of his teammates at once and apologized to them. According to Collins, “He didn’t mince words. There was great passion behind it.” The team seems to have accepted his apology.
Anyone watching the press conference could tell the serious concern Collins has for Harvey right now. He even got choked up when talking about how Bartolo Colon sent a text message to Harvey, which was both challenging and encouraging.
Harvey said all of the right things in his press conference. Now whether you believe what he says or not, that’s another story. Hopefully this is the end of the saga. But, who really knows for sure. I already have people tweeting at me that we’ll have three more similar apologies happen from Harvey before he hits free agency at the end of the 2018 season.
All we can do is hope Harvey backs up his works with actions. Hopefully the actions include not only showing up to the ballpark when required, but also dominating on the mound again.
In the offseason Harvey stated that he’s determined to bring a championship to Queens. Well, we haven’t seen actions towards that yet Harvey. Now’s a great time to start.