In typical New York Mets fashion, young ace Matt Harvey lifted the spirits of a bleak franchise devoid of any excitement for its future, only to cause further despair with the tearing of his indispensable arm. All hope may feel lost, but stay calm. Everything is going to be fine.
During his first full season in the majors, Harvey gave Mets fans a reason to don orange and blue with pride every fifth game. The 24-year-old phenom posted a 2.27 ERA and 0.93 WHIP, remaining relevant in the National League Cy Young race with 191 strikeouts, 31 walks and a league-leading 1.99 FIP.
Then the worst news imaginable struck, walloping Mets fans with a crushing, sickening blow. An MRI revealed that Harvey has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. The team placed him on the disabled list, but the decision still looms whether to undergo Tommy John surgery, which will knock out his 2014 season.
Last Friday, a mere two days before the announcement, Third Eye Blind treated Citi Field attendees with a postgame performance. They really should have waited a week, as Mets fans could sure use a listen to "Jumper" right about now.
The injury revealed the Mets' savior, previously dabbed their "Caped Crusader" by Sports Illustrated, as a mere mortal susceptible to the aches of a pitcher. It's unfortunate, and Yankees' pitcher Adam Warren, understanding the woes felt across town, summed it up best when he told The Star Ledger's Andy McCullough that, "This sucks." But look around; the world still remains intact.
September won't be pretty, but this is not the end of the Mets organization as we know it. This seems like the perfect time to sway your fandom to football, but rooting for the Mets still features some upsides. Other young talent not named Matt Harvey have impressed, and this setback is not a funeral.
So please, step off that ledge, my friend. It's not all dark and gloomy in Queens.