Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Harvey still the hot topic in Queens
By Kieran Darcy
Matt Harvey is the talk of the town a day after almost making history in the Mets' 1-0 win.
The Mets and White Sox will play again (weather permitting) on Wednesday night, but people at Citi Field are still buzzing about Matt Harvey's performance on Tuesday.
Harvey nearly threw the 24th perfect game in major league history, allowing only a seventh-inning infield single in the Mets' 1-0 victory.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Harvey's one-hitter was even better than Johan Santana's no-hitter last season against the Cardinals.
"Well, it’s the best game I’ve seen," Collins said. "Probably Johan’s no-hitter last year was maybe one of the most exciting, but certainly as far as just a purely pitched game, that was probably the best one I’ve ever had."
Harvey told reporters that among the many messages he received after Tuesday night's game, a text from New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was particularly meaningful. Harvey is a big hockey fan. "Any time he texts me it’s always good," Harvey said.
Harvey also was a guest on "The Mike Lupica Show" on ESPN NY 98.7 FM on Wednesday afternoon, and said that he first started thinking about throwing a perfect game when David Wright made a nice play on a Jeff Keppinger grounder in the fourth inning.
"At that moment, I was kind of in shock that he made the play, and looked up at the scoreboard and realized that they hadn’t gotten a hit or I hadn’t walked anybody," Harvey said. "So once I knew the guys were making plays like that, I think at that moment I really started to think that tonight might be the night. Unfortunately the seeing-eye single happened, but I’m definitely hungry for more."