Today’s big baseball story is that Matt Harvey is going to have Tommy John surgery that will almost certainly cause him to miss the entire 2014 season.
Funny how the Mets try to bury bad news by announcing it late on a Friday afternoon, isn’t it?
Except this particular bit of bad news isn’t really much of a surprise, and I’m not even convinced it’s all that bad.
No matter what Sandy Alderson says, it’s unlikely the Mets are going to be playoff contenders in 2014. Isn’t it better for Harvey to get the surgery now than put it off, pitch for a while and then have his ulnar collateral ligament finish tearing?
(To someone without any kind of a medical background – and especially with the Mets’ fortunes – that seems like something that would definitely happen somewhere down the road. If anyone does have the appropriate expertise, please correct me if I’m wrong.)
I’ve seen a few people saying that they have no reason to watch the 2014 Mets without Harvey pitching for them.
I say we don’t even know who is going to be a 2014 Met yet. It’s time for Alderson and Terry Collins to give us a team that shows some visible progress, but I still have enough patience to wait until next spring before I even think about writing the season off.
I like the way Joe Giglio is looking at the Harvey situation:
The new challenge for the Mets: Forget Matt Harvey as a building block. Build a team for 2015 that can have him as the missing piece.—
Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) October 04, 2013
Bonus item if you’ve read this far – we found these Mets tickets from 1974 in my father’s dresser. The tickets are a bit faded, so you can’t really make out the price in the scan. It cost $2.75 ($2.57 plus $0.18 tax) to sit in the Mezzanine Reserved area at Shea Stadium. Adjusting for inflation, that would be $13.05 today. (Just try to get into Citi Field that cheaply for a Saturday afternoon game.)
I wish I had a time machine to go back and watch that game – aside from the chance at running into my dad before I was born, it must have been a gem. Jon Matlack pitched a shutout and the Mets won 4-0 in one hour and 58 minutes. Cleon Jones and Wayne Garrett both homered for the Mets, and Matlack allowed just one hit on the day – a third inning single by St. Louis starting pitcher John Curtis.