Well, this is it, hours until 2013 comes to a close. The 2013 season was the first one for our blog, and I thought about listing a bunch of my favorite moments of the season today. Then I looked back at the old posts and was reminded once again about the fun that Matt Harvey provided us, over and over. I smiled when I came across one post in particular, from May 7th, a night that Harvey came close to pitching a perfect game. So I am going to take it easy on this New Year’s Eve, and re-post it.
On a cold December day the idea of focusing on a great spring night felt right.
Happy New Year’s from us at “2 Guys,” and stay safe.
The Dominant Mr. Harvey
On Sunday in Atlanta, still trying to dry out, I realized that with the rainout Matt Harvey was now pitching on Tuesday. I had tickets to the Tuesday game and said to Jimmy as we waited for a cab to the airport,
“Hey, at least now I’ll see Harvey Tuesday. That’s a nice consolation prize.”
Proving one more time how little I know about baseball. Matt Harvey is no consolation prize. On a night with nothing more than scattered fans, on a night where the Mets offense didn’t so much as seem interested in participating, I end up coming home excited and wound up. Thank you, Mr. Matt Harvey.
Was this the best game I had ever seen pitched? It actually might have been, and remember I have been to well over 1,500 Mets games. I kept thinking about September 7, 1984, when the best the Cubs could do was a slow dribbler from Keith Moreland. I was at that game too and Doc was on that roll of his that carried all the way through the 1985 season. I think this was better. Doc actually walked some guys. Harvey did not, and until the ninth hardly came close.
This was dominance, pure dominance. Forget hits, forget walks, I started to see if the White Sox could hit a ball hard anywhere. Including foul territory. The answer, not really.
As we know, they did get a hit, and it was a hit, Rios beat the throw. I guess that ball was hit hard, but it wasn’t hit that hard. A little harder would have been good. But a perfect game was not meant to be, not tonight, and of course Matt just went on with his business the rest of the night. His business being dominance.
The team never did get him a run and it was nice to get the walk-off win at the end but it wasn’t really the story tonight. Every fifth day right now Matt Harvey is the story. He is on that roll, like Doc was once, where you should start arranging your life around his starts.
Years do not go by between rolls like this.