Did anyone happen to notice who hit a double against the infamous Matt Harvey, the Met’s hero, all amped up to get the last three outs and join only one other starter to finish a complete game shutout-in a decisive closeout game? (Curt Schilling was the other)
Matt Harvey broke the golden rule, and “told” the pitching coach and manager and fought for his return to complete the game. The manager succumbed. Was it that Matt Harvey didn’t trust his own relievers? Did Matt Harvey forgot who was there all season long and how those closers helped the team all year? Unless you live in the NY area, I bet the media has never picked up on or even cared much about Matt Harvey’s agent being the first to declare that he was done/shut down for the season. (NOTE: Matt Harvey has returned from Tommy John Surgery)
When the media caught wind that the agent was telling the Mets how to do business, there was a total out-roar of public and media opinion. Who was he to rule Mr. Harvey’s future? Well that agent didn’t want to lose money either if Harvey got hurt again. It’s a money game…not a baseball game. No support of your team or fellow compadres, just yourself, and your own financial future, and your agent’s future. Why else do you pitch?
Well…with a tremendous media blitz of negative reactions, it was soon that Harvey and his agent (and the Mets) came to an agreement that he would only be available for 5 innings as needed for the remaining weeks of the season. Although the Mets had not clinched it yet, it was looking like they really might not blow a 17 game lead. The media then broached the subject…Will Harvey be shut down? Will he not help the Mets in the post season? Doesn’t he care about his team mates? Doesn’t he want to be part of the brotherhood that develops and fights through the playoffs together?
New media attention followed with Mr. Harvey entering the conversation himself saying that he is here to do anything needed to help the team win. It was a little too late. If you believe that, you should have heard the tone of his voice. It was well scripted and weak at best.
Next…the Mets win. The Mets go further. Games pass. Harvey throws 5 innings and gets picked up by the relief as planned. The Mets win again and it’s onto the next round. The Mets make it all the way to the World Series! Can you believe it? What pressure…Harvey is like a new man. In my opinion (WOW) now he made it to the World Series…who wouldn’t want to pitch? He wanted to pitch so badly.
And now let me revert back to the beginning of this story. Matt Harvey talked his pitching coach and the manager to let him go back out there. Was it a selfish desire to get a complete game shut out? Was it disbelief in his team that they couldn’t do the job they did all year to get Mr. Harvey here in the first place? I don’t know the answers and I believe we’ll never know the truth.
However, do you remember Redemption? Coach Kevin’s Never Give Up Award of the Week? Do you remember the walk Mr. Harvey gave up on the first batter in the top of the 9th inning…the inning he had no place being in? Yes…that kid…the kid at first base who made an error to give up the apparent game winning run. The kid who got a hit later in the same game to win it the night before. Eric Hosmer and now he’s back up at the plate.
Down two runs at the end the 9th inning. Mr. Harvey looks in at the sign, he winds up and he delivers. It’s a shot to the opposite field corner. The runner ahead scores and he finds himself standing on second with a double and an RBI against Harvey. Never let one bad play drag you down. If Eric Hosmer let that one bad booted ball play at first get him down, he would have never had this opportunity. If he quit on himself, Eric Hosmer would have never had the opportunity to run home and score the “game-tying run” to allow his team to play 3 more innings before they win the decisive game of the 2015 World Series.
Redemption comes in many flavors. Eric Hosmer’s was sweet and victorious. Lucas Duda (the Mets first baseman and ironically the same position as Hosmer) made a wide throw allowing Hosmer to score. Duda did hit one to the warning track in front of the home-run fence though. So close, yet so sad. God always works in mysterious ways. What are the odds that these players always seem to be put in these situations to redeem themselves. He had the opportunity, but it wasn’t meant to be. He will have to wait for another day for his redemption. And if he doesn’t quit and never gives up, he too will have the opportunity to taste the sweet flavors that he so craves. And Mr. Harvey…he will have to find his inner peace. I don’t believe everything I hear or read, but we all form our own opinions in life and I can root for a guy like Hosmer and Duda all day long.