Matt Harvey’s Moment In National Spotlight Is Here

 

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IT IS MATT HARVEY’S TIME (MLB)

For the first time since the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, the New York Mets will have their moment under the national spotlight tonight as they host the All-Star Game, with the maître being Matt Harvey.

The whispers were first heard when Harvey had a 5-0 record in mid-May. The no-decision kept coming, but they didn’t deter the whispers that finally became a shout: Harvey will start in his home ballpark before a sell-out crowd and national television audience.

Both the Mets and Harvey wanted this night, so let’s hope he comes out of it unscathed and with another notch on this 2013 belt, which includes national magazine covers and photo shoots, a hilarious spot on Jimmy Fallon’s show last night and the tabloids chasing him all over town to find him in a lip lock with his model girlfriend.

When his pitching days are over, he said he wants to be a movie star. No, with the exception of his biting slider in the dirt, Harvey does not lay low.

He reminds one more of Joe Namath and Walt Frazier in that regard than Dwight Gooden. But, when Harvey takes the mound, you can’t help but see No. 16, who has taken over Twitter in his praise of Harvey.

The year was 1985 and the Mets were a budding powerhouse, and in the twilight of San Francisco’s Candlestick Park he struck out Lance Parrish, Chet Lemon and Alvin Davis. He didn’t actually strike them out as much as he overpowered them.

It was a sign of dominance to come.

Let’s be clear, the 1985 Mets were on the brink of becoming a power. The 2014 Mets are on the verge of becoming relevant again. There’s a big difference, the first step in both is pitching.

The Mets have been on national television before from Citi Field, but this time is different as the entire sports world is watching. That’s different than a Saturday afternoon game against the Phillies.

The Mets want to show off their ballpark, and perhaps at the same time state their case they are a franchise worth watching.

I disagreed with placing Harvey’s start tonight over pitching against the Pirates on Saturday, but I understand where the Mets are coming from. I understand what they are trying to attain.

They are screaming to the baseball world that they should be taken seriously again, and there are few things in the sport more serious than a 98-mph. fastball.

Mike Trout, Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera will be the first three hitters he faces. Who knows what will happen, but a fastball under Cabrera’s chin might be a delight to build on.

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5 thoughts on “Matt Harvey’s Moment In National Spotlight Is Here

  1. “They are screaming to the baseball world that they should be taken seriously again”: BINGO!!… screaming attracts attention for a moment…. seeing Seaver, whom they traded in his prime/Gooden who needs no explanation defines a team, actually an organization that still plays off the fumes of lovable losers…when this city was a mets town, IT WAS A METS TOWN, albeit probably about 9 seasons out of 52(69-73/85-88)…

    i will say the harvey video was dead on hilarious and the guy is quick and has excellent timing(memo to SNY)…u rarely see that side of him because he’s pitching on a substandard team and losers can’t be mockingly funny in public

    • Panama: The only way they will be taken seriously is if they play better. They did at the end of the first half. If they improve it should dictate their offseason. I’m not interested in the Mets being lovable losers. That was 50 years ago. Time to play big boy baseball again.-JD

  2. The 85 team was pretty good. I think the cubs beat them out that year.

    This team is not good and it will be a few years before you can say they are. We need an OF. We have Byrd who has done well and Young has had a good week, but really. It is a very weak OF. We have Ike manning first again rather than Satin who is so much better. We have Q who is playing well, but he is a journeyman.

    I want to see if Lagares continues to grow and if Wheeler can learn to pitch. I want to see Harvey finish strong and we just need players.

    In the meantime it was good to see Matt leading the parade today

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