New York Daily News – PORT ST. LUCIE — Mark March 6 on your calendar as the first Matt Harvey Day of 2015.
The righty coming off Tommy John surgery will make his spring training debut against the Tigers in the Mets’ Grapefruit League home opener. Coincidentally, it is also the first spring training game that the team’s network, SNY, will broadcast.
The Mets also announced the rest of the rotation to begin Grapefruit League play. Dillon Gee will start Wednesday’s opener at the Braves’ complex at Disney. Bartolo Colon will start March 5 at the Nationals followed by Harvey on Friday.
Also expected to pitch in that game is Noah Syndergaard. On March 7, the Mets will have National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom starting at home against the Braves, while top lefty prospect Steven Matz will start the split-squad game on the road that same day against the Marlins.
Let me tell you something Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. It is not a coincidence that Matt Harvey is making his spring debut when the Mets have their first televised, and shockingly, their first Spring Training home game.
It seems like whenever the Mets open their mouths these days it’s yet another PR blunder, but let me tell you they’ve absolutely gotten this one right.
I always say I watch about nine innings of Spring Training baseball. It’s mostly just to see the young pitchers but eventually I get bored and just wait until opening day. But the return of Matt Harvey has now guaranteed that I will be locked into Mets vs. Tigers next Friday. Add in that Noah Syndergaard is going to pitch in that game too, and you’ve got my
undivided attention for a full four innings. Four out of the nine innings knocked out in one game! How bout that!
Despite the Rangers dominating the NHL, the return of Matt Harvey and that E:60 Dark Knight Rises trailer all of a sudden has me pumped up for the upcoming season of Mets baseball which will inevitably end with them letting me down once again. But hey that’s a few months down the road. Right now, I’m pumped.
If you haven’t seen that E:60 trailer yet you can watch it here: I have to link to it obviously because I still can’t figure out how to embed videos right here into the blog.
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PS: God damn it why does Jeter have to find a way to weasel his way into that Matt Harvey trailer? Go away Derek. You’re time is done, you had your year long retirement tour and your out. You left the baseball scene in New York now accept it.
PPS: If this is Jeter’s way of passing the baton for King of New York baseball and ownership of New York over to Matt Harvey then I’m totally ok with his appearance.