The Dark Knight or the Joker?
by John Jastremski
May 16, 2017 | 9799 views | 0 0 comments | 326 326 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Imagine Citi Field in late October: World Series, Game 5, a crowd of Met fans serenading for Matt Harvey to come out and pitch the top half of the ninth inning.

Matt Harvey was on top of the world. Whether it was dating super models, pitching like one of the best pitchers in baseball or being the talk of New York.

That was then.

In 2017, Matt Harvey is one of the worst starting pitchers in the National League, statistically speaking, and has made a complete fool of himself over the past few weeks.

Explain to me how Matt Harvey could honestly believe it was acceptable to blow off a workout on Saturday after a night on the town at the 1Oak followed by a round of golf.

Talk about insubordination, talk about putting your overall well being over the good of the team. It’s the sort of behavior that should make you absolutely sick to your stomach.

Now, I’m not naïve. I’m not stupid. Professional athletes are going to have a social life.

Athletes are allowed on their down time to hit the town. Hit the club, hit the bars, hang out with the models.

Sure, more power to them.

However, when it’s time to focus on your job, it is expected that you will be there showing up to work.

What a concept.

Apparently not for Matt Harvey.

To be fair, Matt Harvey has had his fair share of adversity over the last few seasons. Multiple injuries, multiple surgeries and it’s unfortunate.

However, the injury issues are no excuse for not showing up to a team workout.

It’s not the first time Harvey has blown off a team workout.

In 2015, right before the start of the postseason, Matt Harvey did the exact same thing.

Here’s the difference between 2015 and now. Matt Harvey is not the pitcher he once was.

In 2015, Harvey’s behavior wasn’t acceptable, but there are a different set of rules for superstar athletes.

Disrespecting your manager, teammates and the organization while pitching to the tune of a 6.0 ERA is only going to add insult to injury.

For Harvey, changing the narrative is simple.

If you want to get the fans back on your side. Pitch better. Show up. Do your best.

Forget the Dark Knight, Harvey and his performance have made him the Joker.

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