Matt Harvey stares out to the field

Matt Harvey will defend David Wright

Matt Harvey is excited to step on the mound next year and defend David Wright, he told columnist John Harper (Daily News, June 13).

SNY analyst Bob Ojeda said Wednesday that Wright is being moved off the plate fastball up near his head by opposing pitchers.

“It’s frustrating to watch from the sidelines and not be able to do something about it,” Harvey told Harper. “When it would happen once in a while last year, I’d be the first guy to throw one behind somebody’s ear. And I don’t forget. Once I’m back I’ll be excited about getting the chance to help the captain.’’

According to Harper, Harvey said it’s not his place to talk to teammates about the situation, because he’s technically not on the roster nor with the team every game as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.

However, he told Harper, “If guys don’t know by now that something needs to be done, it’s going to continue to happen and that’s not acceptable.’’

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Harvey is the best thing about the Mets. That’s it. That’s really all I have to say… I can’t wait for him to be back pitching. I mean, I get pumped up just reading quotes from him talking about kicking ass, to see him on the mound doing it is a whole other experience.

I didn’t want to believe it, but, maybe people were right, maybe this season’s fate was sealed the minute he got hurt last year – not just because of his talent, but because of his attitude and desire to be the best player in baseball. To pull that energy, media buzz and passion from the clubhouse – because, you know, ’2014 isn’t about Harvey,’ – is something that has always been palpable and depressing. I thought that was relegated to fans, but maybe it impacts the lockerroom as well…




245 comments
Suiyoobi Allen
Suiyoobi Allen

I like the way sports writers in this city, that's level of sports participation is tittly-winks feel that THEY know more about the sport then those playing it.

Kenny Kirsch
Kenny Kirsch

We're desperate for hope and passion. We'll do anything to go back to last July - it felt like the tide was about to turn. Harvey has ALL the passion, but there's no guarantee he comes back and dominates. You need a couple of these types to wake this franchise up from the coma they're in.

Frank Markowski
Frank Markowski

This stuff needs to be ingrained in them down on the farm. You can't come up to the majors never having defended your teammate down there and expect anything to be different. Looks like Harvey is an exception.

Giuseppe Marino
Giuseppe Marino

Love this Guy!!!!!! Can't wait to see him out there..... Words like that gets you a roster spot on my team any day

dooley
dooley

I admit ignorance on the unwritten rules of baseball, but doesn't good pitching involve pitching inside & brushing a player off the plate? Wasn't Bob Gibson heralded for this? Just seems like players (and Cerrone for continuing to bring this up) are making excuses

mets41
mets41

that's one player the mets should sign long term ASAP but why would they Harvey is a proven winner.

Timothy Fagan
Timothy Fagan

Trade him to Boston for Buck and Middlebrook and another pitcher.!!

Christine May
Christine May

And I too, will defend David Wright Is it always "what have you done for me lately"???

Bob Rodrick
Bob Rodrick

He was overwhelmingly named the Mets's MLB Players Association Representative, so I think the team has respect for the guy. They appreciate him speaking his mind. Good to have someone that will step up like that.

Steven Nicholas
Steven Nicholas

eventually wally backman will be called up to manage,. I like terry, but...when it comes time, call up wally, have tufuel in there too...Viola pitching coach... mookie first or 3rd....get those 86 guys in there....they will bring it

Dean Kelly
Dean Kelly

Nothing wrong with Harvey backing up a teammate. If some of you fools played baseball in high school, you should know common sense 101.

Steven Nicholas
Steven Nicholas

wright isnt going anywhere, play the best we can with what we have. lagares, den dekker, granderson, with EY as a 4th OF. should be. unless you wanna make aplay for Stanton. power bat. DeGrom is pitching awesom., he has more or less been an ACE for his first starts in th majors. with Harvey on the way back, and possibly Syndergarrd. things can be looking up for the future. where is our weak spot? well....were not pushing those runs across, not getting the big hit. getting on base...ok, but whrre are those hits when we need them. for next year, Harvey, Niese, Gee, DeGrom, Synergarrd. Mieja is going to do well saving

James Corsair Jr.
James Corsair Jr.

when next july when the mets tell us we will be good in 2016. blah blah blah blah blah

Michael Brett
Michael Brett

Harvey when you get a few good years under your belt, then you can talk. A rookie, which basically you are is to be seen and not heard.

Regina Scott
Regina Scott

you cant trade wright i will not watch a mets game

hankypanky
hankypanky

There's hardly a game in which Mets pitchers don't hit an opposing batter. Perhaps Harvey should address the real culprits surrounding Wright, the club HITTERS before he opens his big mouth.

Nina Scaringello
Nina Scaringello

Well done. Maybe Harvey is the guy to banish the vanilla on this team. In that regard Alderson isn't much better than Minaya.

Damon Roxas
Damon Roxas

I love this kid! We need more Matt Harvey's!!!

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

This is another thing that's wrong with this team. You have talented pitchers who don't have a clue how the game is played. Harvey gets it and wants to do something about it while others just sit there and let it happen. Don't ever let Harvey get away. His kind don't come around all that much and the Mets are a better team when he's around. Wright has to be pissed his pitchers aren't buzzing anyone in his defense.

Rick Freeman
Rick Freeman

Great, maybe he can teach him how to hit again too. 18m for four HRs and sub 280 avg

Tyler McConnell
Tyler McConnell

Good, someone who actually voices out his opinion on his view of what's happening right now.

John Iaquinta
John Iaquinta

David Wright has been getting buzzed for 10 years.  We won't do anything about it now.. .but NEXT YEAR Matt Harvey will take care of it (if he's healthy).  This team is such a f-ing joke... Can 48 hours go by without  breaking new of Mets stupidity?

David Hilsenrath
David Hilsenrath

Or it might insult the current starting staff implying they're not doing enough. Personally, I feel this is an ill-timed quote.

David Hilsenrath
David Hilsenrath

Tough talk doesn't make someone tough, or does it? Harvey should cool it.

Richard Aaye
Richard Aaye

Harvey is a throw back to the 86 boys. The current mets dont have any balls. LoDuca was the last one to show any emotion.

Mets0987
Mets0987

The Mets stepped up yesterday though. They hit 3 batters I think.

Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz

What does that even mean?...see how what's going?

Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz

Wheeler is kind of a puss lmao

John Iaquinta
John Iaquinta

@Richard Aaye Good call on Paulie Dukes... last Met to show any kind of fire whatsoever.  This team has been nothing but soft since before the Randolph Era. I am pretty sure the last Met to charge the mound was Jay Payton.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@kingman76 Harvey's 12-10 body of work at the major league level hardly qualifies him to be lecturing anyone.  He's never been in a pennant race, or the post season or even pitched in a meaningful game.  I think the Mets should bring in a top flight pitching free agent with that level of experience to mentor Harvey.  I think he'd benefit greatly from a more polished role model.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@Macacawitz @kingman76 Are you kidding? Harvey is talking about the basics and being part of a team. No one had to school Seaver, or Koosman or Ryan about protecting teammates. I wouldn't want any "polish" from any pitchers that have taken the mound in the wimpy era of bench warnings.


As far as strategy, economy of pitches, and making adjustments are concerned, a veteran catcher would be better. Control is something he's got. Let him alone with his winning attitude and hope it rubs off on others in the dugout - especially the ones who couldn't work out a single last night with the game on the line.