Marc Carig of Newsday has some juicy gossip. It’s not attributed to any one source — it’s more of a word on the street thing — but he’s hearing that the Kansas City Royals are “signaling their intent to seek retribution against the Mets on Opening Night.”
Retribution for what? For that pitch Noah Syndergaard sent toward Alcides Escobar’s head in Game 3 of the World Series.
The pitch, you may remember, was clearly intentional. It was foreshadowed by Syndergaard saying that he had a few “tricks up his sleeve” to deal with Escobar’s habit of jumping on first-pitch fastballs in the Series’ first two games.
You may also remember, however, that the pitch didn’t come too far inside. It tailed in towards Escobar, but it was really just a super high pitch that didn’t actually enter the batters box. And it had no real bearing on anything. Yes, the Mets won that Game 3 but it wasn’t because of that pitch (the Royals actually took a 1-0 lead off Syndergaard that inning). And in no case did it affect the World Series in any way. The Royals, you may remember, won it. And won pretty convincingly.
If winning the World Series and having five months to relax isn’t enough to cause them to get the heck over a single inconsequential pitch maybe they should seek counseling.
Rob Neyer is at his best when he’s in historian mode and today he’s in historian mode in the form of a column about the history of female scouts in professional baseball over at The New York Times.
It’s not a long history, sadly, but it’s an interesting one. And it’s currently being carried on by Amanda Hopkins of the Seattle Mariners, who we talked about back in December. Rob walks us back to Hopkins’ predecessors and it’s an enlightening walk.
Matt Harvey’s mystery ailment from yesterday has been revealed. It turns out he had (shudder) blood clots in his bladder, which he has now passed, the Mets told the press this morning.
Harvey is back at Mets camp, though Kristie Ackert of the Daily News says he still had his hospital bracelet on and looked “tired and pale.” He may have been sapped by the experience, but the Mets just announced that he will make his Opening Day start on Sunday as scheduled.
Worth noting: while Harvey appears to be OK, blood clots in one’s bladder/urine is an extraordinarily scary thing. While it can be minor, it is also a top symptom of some serious forms of cancer, so you can imagine that the last 24 hours were dicey as hell for both Harvey and the Mets.
Not that today isn’t bringing with it some moments of levity:
Here’s hoping he’s doing OK and will be back on the mound shortly. And Matt: when you gotta go, you gotta go. So go, OK?