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Report: Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey Partied Until 4 A.M. Night Before No-Show
The New York Mets suspended former ace Matt Harvey for three games without pay on Sunday after he failed to show up to the ballpark for Saturday’s game against the Marlins.
As you would expect, the New York tabloids are all over this story. And now, it seems, they’re smelling blood.
Harvey got his side of the story out first. He told FanRag’s Jon Heyman he played golf on Saturday morning, had lunch, then took a nap. When he woke up he had a nasty migraine, so he texted Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen to let him know he wouldn’t make it to the ballpark.
The Mets say Harvey didn’t tell them where he was. Manager Terry Collins noticed Harvey wasn’t at the ballpark when the Mets took batting practice around 4:30 p.m., so he asked Warthen to call him. Warthen got no answer, but later he got a text from Harvey about the migraine.
sources say Harvey did go to park sunday following what he saw as a miscommunication, and was advised then that he was suspended #mets
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 7, 2017
According to baseball sources who spoke anonymously the New York Post, Collins was livid at Harvey’s absence. So the Mets sent a couple of security guards to Harvey’s Greenwich Village bachelor pad to check on him around 10 p.m. on Saturday night. They found him in his pajamas.
Here, again, the Mets and Harvey disagree. The team says they sent security guards to make sure he was okay. Harvey says they grilled him about his whereabouts on Saturday.
Harvey says he plans to file a grievance against the Mets over the suspension because he did nothing wrong. The Mets sound like they’re ready for a fight. When asked on Monday if Harvey is respected by his teammates, Terry Collins said, “I can’t answer that. I don’t know.” Which is pretty much as good as a no.
Asked if Matt Harvey’s teammates respect him, Terry Collins said, “I can’t answer that. I don’t know.” Didn’t want to speak for whole team.
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) May 8, 2017
If a report Monday from the New York Post is true, Matt Harvey probably won’t get his suspension overturned. According to witnesses, Harvey was partying with his crew at a Meatpacking District hotspot until the wee hours of Saturday morning. They say he showed up at 1 a.m., drank a lot of top-shelf booze, and kept mostly to themselves until leaving at 4 a.m.
Harvey was not slated to pitch on Saturday. However, he was expected to be at the park for the game. If it turns out he partied until 4 a.m., then played golf, but couldn’t make it to the game—well, that’s not good.
It will be interesting to see if the Mets and Harvey can work things out, or if this is the beginning of the end of the Dark Knight’s tenure in Queens.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]