Happy Harvey Day.
“Obviously, there have been so many ups and downs here at this ballpark and with this organization that I didn’t really know what to expect. And what the fans gave me out there was pretty incredible. I was holding back tears. I’m not going to lie about that. It was pretty hard holding them back. It reminded me, really, of a lot of the good memories.” -Matt Harvey [MLB]
“Between the injuries and I think me getting in my own way and causing some of those problems, I feel for them — I feel for the fans that maybe I let them down. I guess it’s fair to say that I would understand if they [booed]. I’m extremely happy that they didn’t, and it went the other way. The last couple years, I guess, have been extremely humbling. … I’ve learned from my mistakes.” -Matt Harvey [MLB]
As for another old friend, Bobby Valentine is apparently running for mayor of Stamford which... I mean sure, I guess.
“People have called me the ambassador to Stamford for 40 years or so. A lot of people have even referred to me as the mayor in the past. My plate is rather clear at this time after being at Sacred Heart [University] for eight years. … If I don’t do public service now, I’ll never get to do it. Mayor is a heavy box to lift, but it’s my hometown, and it’s got a chance of being really good. We’re a big city in this little corridor. I’d like to see it progress in the right direction.” -Bobby Valentine [New York Post]
Noah Syndergaard with the rare ‘baseball has gotten soft’ take that is actually...right.
“It’s fun [to talk shit on Twitter], but we’re also competitive beings competing at the highest level. So we’re always looking for a way to get the edge on our competition, whether it’s to distract him in some form or fashion. But I think it’s great for baseball, and I think the fans really enjoy it. It’s exciting. People are able to see both of our personalities. I think baseball has gotten soft, too. I think there should be some more shit-talking. I agree with what Bauer recently said: [about the celebration], he gave up two home runs to Tatis, and Tatis heckled him pretty good. I think that’s awesome. I agree with Bauer, that does not warrant somebody to get thrown at.” -Noah Syndergaard [GQ]
deGrom’s teammates, of course, have no problem with him taking himself out of a start early if he doesn’t feel right.
“We’re hoping for the best. Jake’s very careful. He’s not going to pitch on anything that doesn’t feel right. He’s a really tough guy as well. He’s strong. He’s built well. We don’t know anything at this point, so it doesn’t make any sense to speculate what’s going on. But obviously, we don’t like to see him leave the game early.” -Michael Conforto [MLB]
This better have been a quick debate.
“We were debating, and it wasn’t worth it to take the risk. That’s when we went to remove [deGrom], to take a closer look at what’s going on there.” -Luis Rojas [MLB]
Díaz on his increased velocity this season.
“I think [gaining 10 pounds] played a part into it but the biggest thing was the mechanics. I’ve learned how to use my legs, how to strengthen my legs, because that is where the power comes from to take some stress off the arm. That’s really what I credit that to.” -Edwin Diaz [New York Post]
Really uncomfortable feeling comfortable about our bullpen.
“We have a great bullpen out there. We go out there, we compete hard every single day, and that is what we have been doing. We go out there and I am happy how the guys are working. I am happy how the guys are competing and if we stay healthy and continue to do what we are doing we are going to go a long way.” -Edwin Diaz [New York Post]
Luis was diplomatic with Lindor and McNeil getting into a fight in the dugout...
“Everything that happens here is just an opportunity for us to get better. The disagreements and the agreements that we have as a family, it’s going to make us a better family. It’s going to make us a better team. Both of them did special things tonight.” -Luis Rojas [MLB]
...Zack Scott was less diplomatic about Lindor and McNeil’s rat/raccoon bit.
“No one with the organization would make the recommendation to handle it that way.” -Zack Scott [MLB]
Mazeika on his hitless game winner(s).
“It wasn’t exactly how I drew it up in my head.” -Patrick Mazeika [MLB]
“I was actually pretty calm because I had played that scenario through in my head from about the seventh inning on, knowing I’m the last guy on the bench. Kind of just playing that through my head a couple times calmed me down.” -Patrick Mazeika [MLB]
Mets Tweet of the Week
That was BIG— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) May 8, 2021
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“So many injuries in MLB. These players can’t handle baseball ,which leads fans to pay premium prices for games littered with AAA players. I’m assuming this Met ballclub like most MLB teams have used more pitchers on 5/11 than they did for an entire season back in the 80’s maybe 90’s.” -Mettle
AA Quote of the Week
“s/Word. Almora is a wimp, and Bryce Harper had to miss a whole game after taking a 97mph fastball to the face. A guy for Cleveland once continued to pitch after getting hit by lightning. Today, they’d insist on that guy going to the “hospital”./s” -brooklynberger