Mets: An open letter to the former Dark Knight Matt Harvey
By Jose Rivera
The New York Mets have designated Matt Harvey for assignment. What do the fans want to say to the former Dark Knight?
An open letter to the former Dark Knight, soon-to-be ex-New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey.
Dear Matt Harvey,
When you were drafted by the Mets in 2010 it generated a lot of buzz. The Mets were in the middle of their rebuild phase and let’s face it felt like nothing was going right. But to hear the words “the Mets select Matt Harvey” was a glimmer of hope that the Mets fans needed. You made it clear right away that you wanted to be the top dog in New York. Your confidence, who some would call cockiness, was the breath of fresh air that the Mets and it’s fans needed.
You made your debut in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. You were as good as advertised not only picking up the win but also racking up 11 strikeouts.
You followed up with a tremendous 2013 season that saw you get sent to the all-star game. A moment many Mets fans will remember as you took the mound at the All-Star Game in Citi Field to start the game.
With you at the head of the rotation, the Mets were going to be unstoppable for years to come. But as we know in baseball, things don’t always go according to plan. Then came the fall from grace.
The news you were getting Tommy John surgery stung like a really bad bee sting. Then further down the line came thoracic outlet syndrome, which no one really knew anything about. There was not much to compare when it came to that surgery as hardly any other players have ever had it. But still, as Mets fans do, we believed.
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We believed that you would battle through and be the ace that we needed. That you would ignore the ones who booed you and listen to the ones that gave you standing ovations for great effort outings. That you would appreciate the impromptu trip to Nationals Park by the 7-Line to go support you. We assumed you did.
Flash forward to present day. Here we sit watching Matt Harvey not perform well. We watch Matt Harvey refuse to speak to the media. We hear stories that Matt Harvey is partying out in Los Angeles the day before he had a horrendous outing out of the bullpen against the San Diego Padres. We see you pout and complain about being removed from the rotation, instead of being a team player and realizing you have things to fix.
The Mets have given you every chance and a long rope and you fail to realize it. The Mets believed that the 2013 Matt Harvey still existed, so much to the point where Terry Collins sent you back to the mound in game 5 of the 2015 World Series in the 9th inning. But do you appreciate that?
Harvey, you are becoming a huge distraction and a negative to what has for the most part been a positive start to 2018. We hear reports for years now that you would someday like to be a Yankee. Sorry to break it to you but the Bronx won’t put up with these antics and I’m not sure how much longer Queens will either.
As Mets fans, we don’t care if you party, we just want you to prep yourself the right way when it comes to game time. We don’t need you to be the Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne, or any other fictional character. We need you to be the guy who wanted to take New York by storm when he got drafted by the Mets.
We care about you, Matt. We just hope you would care too.
Concerned Mets Fans
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