A contrite Matt Harvey returned to Citi Field on Tuesday, having served his three-game suspension from the current York Mets. Talking to the media for the first time since his suspension, he acknowledged much of what we’ve heard the past few days: It was his fault. He was out late Friday night. He was golfing Saturday morning. And then he offered up his apology.
“I’m extremely embarrassed by my actions,” said the 28-year-customary Mets pitcher.
Harvey was scheduled to start on Sunday before he no-showed Saturday and thus, was suspended. The current York Post’s Page Six had reported Harvey was partying until 4 a.m. on Friday night. Harvey reportedly told the Mets he had a migraine.
Here are Harvey’s opening remarks, via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com:
Here’s the meat of Harvey’s apology, whether you prefer to read it:
“Yes, I was out on Friday night past curfew. I did play golf Saturday morning. I build myself in a atrocious position to be ready for showing up for a ballgame that is my responsibility. I seize full blame for that. I apologized to my teammates, I apologized to the coaches. I’m doing everything in my power so that never happens again. Like I said, I’m extremely embarrassed for my actions. I’m looking forward to getting things back on track and doing everything I can to assist this team win and assist this organization moving forward. They complete occupy my word on that.”
When it was his turn to speak to the media, Mets manager Terry Collins said the ordeal could be a wake-up call for Harvey, who has struggled since the start of final season:
TC believes this is a wake up call for Harvey: “I told him he needs to invent baseball No. 1. When he did that, he was on top of the world.”
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) May 9, 2017
Collins was also asked whether Harvey has an issue with alcohol and Collins’ acknowledge said, “I’m not qualified to reply that.”
Terry Collins asked whether alcohol has been an issue with Matt Harvey: “I’m not qualified to reply that”
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 9, 2017
One thing that wasn’t present during Harvey’s apology was any clash with the Mets. The two sides occupy had drama for years and after his suspension — which the Mets didn’t account for publicly — we heard two different sides.
One side was Harvey not showing up, the Mets texting him, then sending security personnel to check on him. The other side had Harvey texting the Mets (after the deadline to enact so) on Saturday to say he had a migraine. That side included Harvey’s camp thinking the Mets were snooping on him or didn’t believe him. There were reports approximately Harvey considering filing a grievance against the Mets too.
no one of that was aired during his news conference on Tuesday. Harvey took full responsibility and didn’t clash with the Mets front office. He did say later that he hasn’t filed a grievance, but also didn’t say he wouldn’t file one.
There’s been talk in the past two days that Harvey has lost credibility in the Mets clubhouse. One unnamed player told Newsday: “He wants to be Derek Jeter. To enact that, you’ve got to indicate up.”
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson proved that Harvey wasn’t the only person saying complete the right things on Tuesday:
Curtis Granderson: “He said that he was sorry to build us in a situation like this. … He apologized for it. We’re excited to occupy him back.”
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 9, 2017
Harvey is scheduled to return to action for the Mets on Friday against the Brewers in Milwaukee. So far this season, he’s 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA in six starts.
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