Matt Harvey admits to ‘a lot of mistakes’ during time with Mets
Matt Harvey on Monday returned to Citi Field for the first time since a tumultuous end to his tenure with the New York Mets culminated with a trade earlier this season to the Cincinnati Reds.
The pitcher cut open a vein on Monday in the visitors’ dugout, exhibiting no animosity towards the Mets organization while admitting to “a lot of mistakes” during his time with the team.
“I’ve had such good memories here,” Harvey said, via Newsday. “Obviously, recently they haven’t been so great. But I really gave it my all and put a lot of pride in that and what I can do. A lot of different things didn’t work out very well because of health reasons and stuff like that. That made things tougher.
“Like I said, health was the biggest thing. Being as competitive as I am, as all these guys are, the injuries took a toll on me and I wasn’t able to do my job the way I wanted to. I made a lot of mistakes. It’s something I’ve definitely looked back on and I wouldn’t say ‘regret.’ People make mistakes and I definitely made a lot of them and I think that kind of goes with the emotions of coming back here.
“I do remember a lot of cheers and obviously some boos. It was a really fun time and I absolutely loved being here and playing here. Like I said, I’m just happy I’m healthy.”
Matt Harvey looks back on his time with the Mets, and discusses how it feels to be back at Citi Field: pic.twitter.com/kdsDt4SMNa
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 6, 2018
Harvey was relegated to bullpen duties after struggling mightily as a starter early on this season. After refusing a demotion to the minor leagues, the Mets designated the 29-year-old for assignment on May 4. The Mets then traded Harvey to the Reds on May 8.
It merits noting the Mets paid tribute to Harvey on social media and during Monday’s game.
Thank you, Matt. pic.twitter.com/J5PFDmFYbp
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 6, 2018
Kudos to the Mets with a tribute video to Matt Harvey. Well deserved. More cheers than boos. #Mets pic.twitter.com/i9sDaV6HfT
— Wingspan Sports (@WingspanSports) August 6, 2018
Despite noting mistakes made, Harvey appears eager to leave any animosity in the past. That said, Harvey nevertheless accepts some responsibility for how things played out.
“There’s a lot of things I wish I obviously hadn’t done,” Harvey said. “Kind of put myself in a bad position.”