No Empathy For Harvey

Mickey Callaway was generous when he said, “we failed Matt Harvey.’’ In actuality, Harvey failed himself, with help from the Mets. Sometimes, when a pitcher loses his fastball, or a slugger’s bat slows down, the end can be delayed by his track record, or his popularity in the clubhouse, or the goodwill garnered within the organization.

It’s why the Mets were patient with Johan Santana and David Wright. Harvey accrued none of that goodwill. None.

Because of their histories, you root for some players. You have empathy and compassion for them.

Maybe only Harvey’s family and agent have empathy for him. I can’t imagine anybody pleased Harvey’s career was derailed by injuries, including two season-ending surgeries.

However, it is the way Harvey carried himself and alienated his teammates, how he made himself bigger than the team, how he made everything about him, that has him alone and without any emotional support in his darkest professional hour.

Perhaps that, more than his injuries, is what makes this a modern-day Greek Tragedy. It’s difficult to show compassion for somebody who showed little for anybody else.

Harvey’s selfishness was never more transparent than it was when he bullied former manager Terry Collins into giving him the ninth inning in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series. I don’t know how any of Harvey’s teammates that night can condone Harvey’s actions that night.

What happened the night he traveled two hours from San Diego to Los Angeles for a restaurant opening the night before a game, was not advisable although not technically wrong. However, Harvey’s penchant for enjoying the nightlife has already run him afoul with the Mets’ front office and teammates.

Why – other than selfishness – would Harvey chase fates? That GM Sandy Alderson sounded resigned Harvey would do such a thing spoke volumes. Alderson didn’t have to say he was fed up with Harvey. It was implied.

Harvey wasn’t worth the energy to get angry about any longer.

In previous years the Mets bent over backward to placate Harvey, and a case could be made they enabled his boorish behavior by not standing up to him.

It took a while, but it is about time.

7 thoughts on “No Empathy For Harvey

  1. I feel empathy for Harvey. It’s got to be hard to see your career start to fall apart like that. He probably doesn’t know how to deal with the failure.

    And I wouldn’t say the Mets weren’t patient with Harvey – it’s been more than 2 years of this. He has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball, really hurting the teams chances of winning most nights he was out there, yet they kept throwing him out there for a long time. And I don’t think his situation really compares to Wright in terms of how the team is handling it – there was nothing to really “handle” with Wright (or Santana for much of the time) – he’s been too injured to play. There’s nothing for the team to really do, but what they’ve been doing – DL him.

    • Agreed

      The team gave him a long leash.

      Las year he really sucked.
      He sucked this year.

      They asked him to go to the minors. He said no.

  2. Only a mean vindictive rotten small loser of a person would be celebrating the downfall of a young man. You probably are happier about this than you were when Isama Bin Laden was Lille’s. Delcos you are truly a suck person. Harvey is wild. He didn’t commit crimes. And unlike you he will lead a rich life no matter his future

    • the author was honest about Harvey’s impact on the team. The author is not a gifted player. Harvey squandered his gift, his team mates hated him (most) and Harvey’s narcissism will end up in rehab. You ridicule the journalist for being truthful. Did you read Harvey’s own words during stardom? What mattered most to him was beer, wine, women and self; not baseball, winning, team, comraderie and so on. Seriously, Bin Laden? What have our public schools wrought?

  3. Harvey’s love of alcohol and Derek Jeter women chasing rivaled his love of self. None came close to love of the game and in terms of love of team? there was no room. At least this article shows some integrity in reporting what his team mates thought of him while beat writers fear losing access to players. This is why, finally, last year a few
    “anonymous” players talked contemptesouly of Harvey. even in the dug out or finally in the bull pen, no one sat near him. when he was pulled out of games only Mickey patted him tenderly, the others stood back from him. when I think about where he will be when he is 45, it is tragic. probably alcoholic overweight STD laden with terrible plastic surgery and more reminders of Lenny Dykstra than David Wright. too bad his parents did not try to help him. it is also the worst possible combo of personality and agent: imagine the line of bull%*^&( fed to him by the league’s worst lying agent? Scott Boros is poison to the game. Special shout out to Terry Colins for alienating players “not named Matt Harvey” (that is a quote) for his special treatment of Harvey. You enabled the kid with the most talented arm, to be the biggest a hole. The kid needed leadership. Oh, and Game 5? Well, that speaks for itself. At least NY Post admitted that HARVEY refused to limit innings early in the season and got Boros on board and Told fans he “might not” pitch in post season. What a selfish tool.

  4. imagine what Matt Harvey might have been had the Mets had a strong leader over him, who kept the kid even keel?

    He had the arm and motion of Tom Seaver.

    He had the head of a selfish spoiled brat.

    Had they caused him to obey team rules and not given in on so many little things, he may have recovered from the surgeries to be….HOF material?