The Extent to Which I Care
Last night, Matt Harvey had another tough game. In his prior nine starts, he faced the music and answered the media’s questions. Last night, he didn’t. Neither did Dan Warthen. Instead, the ENTIRE ORGANIZATION left Kevin Plawecki to answer questions about Harvey’s night.
Couple of things here. First, the questions Plawecki fielded were no different than what he’s received the other times he’s caught Harvey. Second, I have not seen one tough question to him about his own poor play. Third, where was the Captain, David Wright, through all of this?
No, Wright did not skip out on answering questions. Still, he’s the Captain. He’s the face of the franchise. It’s his responsibility to go help out a young player put in that seemingly difficult situation.
In my opinion, these are all fair and legitimate questions. Honestly, none of that really matters at the end of the day. I don’t even care that much about what has seemingly been an issue between Harvey and the media. These issues were resurfaced all last night into today. They were articulated well in Mike Vaccaro’s New York Post column. Agree or disagree with the column, there’s an underlying issue being brought to the surface here.
As a Mets fan, my issue isn’t Plawecki having to answer questions when Harvey isn’t around. It isn’t with Harvey or Warthen ducking the media. It isn’t with Wright shrinking from his responsibilities as Captain. It isn’t even with the apparent issues with Harvey’s and the media’s seemingly difficult relationship.
No, my issue is how this all affects the team. Does Harvey’s leaving early cause a rift in the clubhouse? Does it create a rift between him and his teammates? Will this finally be the seminal moment where Harvey turns it all around?
At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the lasting impact last night had on both Harvey and the Mets. Depending on how the season goes, this will either be a moment we all specifically reference time and again, or it will be nothing more than a blip on the radar screen. Here’s hoping it’s the latter.