How Can Anyone Have A Problem With Matt Harvey Wanting The Ball Or Terry Collins Giving It To Him?
No act of heroism comes without a certain amount of risk. To accomplish greatness you have to leave yourself vulnerable to looking stupid. Matt Harvey did what anyone would want their star pitcher to do. He asked, no, demanded the ball in the most precarious of situations. The intention was admirable and the execution was flawed, but it's no reason to look down at Harvey, or criticize Terry Collins. Matt Harvey was like a firefighter running into a burning building to save a child and succumbing to smoke inhalation. He's the guy that climbs the tree to save a cat, slips on some tree sap, and knocks himself unconscious. You have to give him a certain amount of credit for putting himself in a position to fail so valiantly, because there aren't many people that would.
You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become a villain. After 8 scoreless innings Matt Harvey was a hero, after 9 he was a scapegoat. He'll have to bear the weight of those two earned runs, but he wasn't the one that launched a sure out at the plate ten yards away from where it needed to be. If Familia pitches who is to say the result is any different? The fact of the matter is that Matt Harvey is supposed to be one of, if not, the best player on the team, and if you can't trust your best players with the game on the line then who can you trust? If the Mets win last night we are talking about how Matt Harvey's inspirational narrative has created momentum for them heading into game 6. With any controversial decision comes questions, but if the Mets weren't going to win that game with Harvey then a historic comeback was not in the cards. The Mets made a lot, and I mean A LOT, or errors last night, but trusting their ace was not one of them, regardless of the result.
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