Harvey was taking a nap when Rauch doused him with ice water, shocking him awake and also ruining Harvey’s phone.
“He bounded up and challenged Rauch to a fight. Right there. Right then. He gave up 7 inches, about 75 pounds and a gallon or so of bad ink. It didn’t matter that he was a rookie. Harvey would not be a joke. He would not be a punch line in Rauch’s re-telling. He would not let some mediocre clown play him,” Passan wrote.
Rauch backed down from the fight, Passan said.
“From that day forth, everyone who witnessed the incident or heard about it understood a new Mets commandment: Thou shalt not trifle with Matt Harvey,” he wrote.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I love this story about Harvey not taking any crap from Rauch. This is EXACTLY the type of bold, “Don’t Tread on Me” attitude the Mets have been missing for much of the last 20 years. I hope this mindset can bond this franchise and spread like a disease within it. Harvey isn’t going to be the butt of anyone’s joke, and neither should the Mets.
By the way, Passan’s entire article is awesome. It is a must read. Seriously, if it’s the only other thing you do today, you have to check it out.