While most of Matt Harvey’s teammates avoided criticizing the starting pitcher for his three-day suspension, Jose Reyes wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.
“We’re disappointed. We have to understand, we’re employees. You have to come to your job every day,” Reyes said. “We count on him.”
Harvey wasn’t at the ballpark on Saturday and was suspended for a combination of issues dating back to last year, team sources said.
“Everybody knows here what the rules are. When you miss that, that’s not acceptable,” Reyes added.
With Adam Wilk on the hill instead of Harvey, the Mets were shellacked, 7-0. Wilk had a tough day, but he wasn’t the only one. And Terry Collins thought the entire Harvey saga could have been a distraction that carried over on to the field.
“These guys have been playing very, very well, and then all of a sudden there’s something that thrown in the mix that no one in that room has any control over, yeah it takes a little steam away,” Collins said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt, all of a sudden there was something that, guys lost that focus a little bit. That certainly didn’t help us.”
The players that addressed the media after the game disagreed with that take, however.
“There was certainly nobody in here today that was distracted,” Neil Walker said. “We just kind of got our butt kicks on the field.”
Former Major Leaguers, including ex-Mets, also took notice and sounded off on Twitter, with Paul Lo Duca leading the charge.
“ALL the rumors about Matt Harvey are completely wrong…but what he did I can’t defend. He let his teammates down more than anyone. #LGM”
He also hinted at a possible reasoning for the suspension:
“17 years I played I showed up at park EVERY DAY including the day my mother passed. Underlying problem here but a text takes 2 seconds. #lgm”
Former pitcher Dontrelle Willis was a bit more vague, but his timing clearly was in reference to the suspension news:
“The #mets are a mess right now,” Willis tweeted.
Former Mets pitcher and SNY analyst Bob Ojeda also shared his thoughts:
“Very disappointing the relationship between the Mets and Matt Harvey has become so toxic,” he tweeted.
Former MLB outfielder Vernon Wells also weighed in, taking a shot at Harvey’s talk years ago of wanting to be like Derek Jeter:
“If you want to be DJ, you can’t get suspended by your own team….”