New York City has one of the most diehard fan bases in all of sports when you factor in the Yankees, Mets, Jets, Giants, Knicks and Nets.
For example, look at the send off that Derek Jeter received in his final year with the Yankees. He was celebrated like The Beatles with his last “tour” in the major leagues.
But if you wrong them, your diehard fan base will hate you just like they do with this overrated All-Star baseball player.
The New York Post reported:
“They call Matt Harvey ‘The Dark Knight’ — but this weekend, the Mets pitcher looked a lot more like the Joker.
The struggling MLB star got slapped with a three-game suspension by the team’s brass after he failed to show up at Citi Field for Saturday’s game — reportedly because he had a headache.
The Mets were so intent on punishing Harvey that they sent him home when he showed up for his scheduled start Sunday against the division-rival Miami Marlins.
The decision to bench the All-Star hurler left the Mets with no choice but to start an untested rookie, who gave up five earned runs en route to a 7-0 Mets loss.
Fans were left scratching their heads over what prompted Harvey to go AWOL from his team — while his teammates stewed over his behavior.”
Mets fans were disgusted with Harvey’s behavior – especially the fans who showed up for the suspended game.
Pat Seitter from Northport Long Island said at the game:
“He’s not dedicated to the team. My first thought was, was he at the Rangers game and not at practice?
Here we are, we’ve got a pitching problem, we’ve got injuries, and he’s going to take some kind of risk where he’s going to miss his start? He’s not thinking of the team. He’s narcissistic.”
Sheldon Greenblat, a lawyer from Jericho Long Island, was more scathing with his criticism when he said,
“Get [Noah] Syndergaard healthy, get [Steven] Matz and [Seth] Lugo back out there. Never mind Matt Harvey. We all knew he was an idiot already.”
But even his Mets teammates are fed up with his attitude.
The New York Post continued:
“’You’re an employee, you have to understand you need to show up for your work,’ groused Mets infielder Jose Reyes.
‘As a grown man, you’ve got a job to do. You have to understand: If you don’t show up, you’re going to pay the consequence,’ Reyes said.
The three days of unpaid suspension will cost Harvey about $82,000 of his $5.125 million salary, an insider estimated.
Harvey declined to discuss the matter Sunday, but he may file a grievance over his suspension, sources told the FanRag Sports web site. The site said Harvey played golf before Saturday’s night game against the Marlins.
After his round on the links, he claims he suffered a migraine and decided to stay home, FanRag said.
He then showed up to Citi Field on Sunday thinking he was going to start but was told to go right back home.”
Apparently, a headache is reason enough to stay home when you’re making millions of dollars.
Harvey once was a celebrated player, but he’s underwhelmed with a disappointing 2-2 this season with a hefty 5.14 earned-run average.