Is There Something in the New York Sports Water?

It seems like a lifetime ago (months) that sports media was abuzz with what was going on in the New York Knicks front office/locker room between President Phil Jackson and star Carmelo Anthony and now another NY sports team is dominating the news cycle. It raises the question, what is in the sports water in New York?

If you haven’t heard the news, let’s recap what’s been going in New York (minus the still persistent news about the Knicks):

  • Yoenis Cespedes suffers a strained hamstring on April 27th, five days after initially injuring it.
  • Noah Syndergaard suffers an a lat tear following some discomfort in his bicep that will keep him off the mound until July at least.
  • Matt Harvey gets suspended for 3 days without pay for violating team rules.

Yes, injuries happen in sports, including baseball. But what’s most notable about these injuries is that both Cespedes and Syndergaard both reported either discomfort or injuries before they subsequently got hurt again. So what was the medical staff thinking letting Cespedes play five days after injuring his hamstring? Or by letting Syndergaard not get an MRI of his bicep before tearing his lat that will keep him off the mound for at least six months? Shouldn’t the doctors be telling the players how to best treat their injuries instead of letting the players decide?

Which brings us to the Matt Harvey situation, the news broke early Sunday morning that the Mets organization had suspended Harvey for three days without pay for violating team rules. The team would offer no explanation outside of saying that Harvey went against the organization’s rules and the media went crazy speculating what Harvey could’ve done to warrant the suspension.

The two sides of the story circulating as of Tuesday morning are: 1) Harvey suffered a headache following a round of golf Saturday morning and alerted the team that he would be unable to make to the park that afternoon, 2) Harvey was out partying until 4 am the night before and failed to even alert anyone that he wouldn’t be making it to the park which forced Mets’ security to make a welfare check around 10pm that Saturday night. (Mind you both of these reports of events are speculation and not reported as factual).

Harvey finally spoke about the suspension Tuesday afternoon and admitted that he had a late night Friday and a round of golf on Saturday morning that led to him not reporting to the field Saturday. And while Harvey’s actions reflect poorly on his character and show that maybe he’s not serious about playing for the Mets, this whole incident also reflects poorly on the Mets.

Think about it, what is going on in the Mets organization if one of their star pitchers cares so little about the team that he’s going out and doing his own thing instead of getting ready to play for the team and win? There has to be something going on within management that has Harvey so disinterested in playing well that he’s just doing whatever he can to possibly get traded.

Given the recent events in the sports world in New York, there definitely has to be something in the water they’re drinking that’s making everything go haywire, right?

 

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