Both the New York Mets and their beleaguered fanbase had high hopes for 2014, with Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate catching a pair of young aces, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.
Monday afternoon, those hopes were crushed, with multiple outlets (including Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal) reporting that Harvey may not be part of that equation for quite some time:
Before Mets fans begin running across the Grand Central Parkway at rush hour, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan is quick to point out that not all partial UCL tears wind up requiring Tommy John surgery—but they usually do:
Speaking of the St. Louis ace, not even Wainwright has ever put a season together that was as dominant as the one Harvey was in the midst of, as noted by CSN Philly's Corey Seidman:
The original Star Wars would have played out quite differently had that happened, just as the Mets future is going to should Harvey need to go under the knife.
Some fans are looking for someone—or something—to blame for this horrible news:
Others didn't have to look very far for their scapegoat:
Another UNC alum, and one of Harvey's teammates with the Tar Heels, Houston's Alex White, underwent Tommy John surgery in April after blowing out his elbow.
Coincidence? Maybe. Or perhaps it's more than that.
On the other hand, Craig Calcaterra from NBC Sports' Hardball Talk doesn't believe that Harvey's injury has anything to do with what he's done on a pitcher's mound:
Arizona's Daniel Hudson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and re-tore the ligaments in his right elbow again in June, requiring a second round with the surgery, is hoping that his fellow hurler doesn't need to experience what he's currently going through:
Even players from one of the Mets most hated rivals, the Atlanta Braves, couldn't help but chime in with their support:
That says something about Freddie Freeman's character, as the Braves first baseman has never recorded a hit in six career at-bats against Harvey, striking out twice.
CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman points out that August 26 has become the new Friday the 13th for bright, young pitchers:
That's not just a coincidence—that's crazy.
Not only have the Mets been robbed of the ace of their staff and had their hearts ripped out, but all of baseball loses out on watching one of the brightest young pitchers in recent memory finish out what has been a historically-dominant season, one that could have culminated with a NL Cy Young Award.
Now, all we can do is hope for the best and wait for the worst.