21 February 2014

A thing to make you go, "Hmmm...."

Twice today, some hours apart, I made a comment under this entry over at MetsBlog about why everybody seems to be wigging out about Matt Harvey all of a sudden.  Every armchair manager on the internet thinks he's rushing his rehab because--get this--he expected to start throwing when his surgeon told him he'd be able to start throwing.  Also, that little incident in which he spoke before spoken to has made a lot of fans (at least the more internet-vocal ones) look at him as more and more of a renegade.  To be fair, others defend him and say that the Mets could use a little more of Harvey's fire.

In both of my comments, I discussed this conflict and made the case that the Mets have been so sanitized for so long--they've gone so long without a player who projects the same swagger that Harvey does--that nobody really knows what to make of him.  The way he embraces the spotlight and so aggressively desires to be "the man" is quite simply making the Metsiverse as a whole uncomfortable because it's become a foreign concept.

Here's the interesting part.  Both of those comments were deleted.  I've no idea how long the first one lasted, but the second one was pulled down in the time it took me to microwave a bowl of leftover casserole.

Meanwhile, comments accusing Harvey of trying to play Superman and lacking restraint in his rehab schedule still stand.

Apparently, either the Mets are still really touchy about the whole "don't have an edge" thing or are already making an effort to control any Mets vs. Harvey narratives.

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