Matt Harvey pitched and this man in an Angels sweatshirt seems pretty mad about it

Well hello everyone and welcome to Harvey Day!  Sure we had to wait an extra day because the Angels pushed Matt back a day so a guy from AAA could start on Tuesday but hey, The Dark Knight and his 10.05 ERA finally played a game at a decent hour, so I was able to LIVE BLOG.  Woooooo.

The Caped Crusader looks focused!

VERY focused.  Too bad this happened to start the bottom of the 1st…

Oh no!  I sure hope Matt doesn’t completely melt down after giving up a leadoff hit!

Of course not!   SWING AND A MISS!  Sit down son!

So what is TDKOALA throwing these days?

It appears that Matt got a buzz cut

Then the Rangers attempted the worst steal of all time and there were 3 outs! The steal was so bad that the camera lingered on the runner and we were robbed of the traditional Matt walk off the mound shot which looks something like this, but more Angelsy.

On to the second inning where TDKOALA was staked to a 1-0 lead, and I’m sure that’s all The Next Nolan Ryan would need for the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles Of California.

And…..

Sit down son.  You just looked at Strike Three!  That’s KK for TDK(oala).

Then a fly ball to center but the Rangers’ feed once again deprived us off the Matt Harvey Walk which probably looked like this but more Angelsy.

Then the Angels were up forever which sucks because this is fun and all but I also love sleep.    Matt took the hill in the third now up 2-0 and Matt went 1-2-3 and our first Matt Walks To The Dugout of the night!

The Rangers did me a favor and got the Angels out on 8 pitches, and as 9:30 was approaching I started kinda hoping Matt would give up 11 quick runs so I could go to bed.  How did Matt do?  You’ll look…

What the hell is going on?   Well it seems someone walked the leadoff hitter and then someone hit the runner on a pick-off attempt.

Sidebar – I don’t think this is a real game.  The Rangers have a guy named Nomar Mazara…that’s like a made-up name in season 7 of Franchise Mode.  And “Delino Deshields” that’s just a rerun from the alumni part of the video game.

Back to Matt, he got an infield out and was almost out of the inning….and the Angels lined up in Daniel Murphy Defense and got some…..Daniel Murphy defense.  Come on man!!!

Cheap run for the Rangers.

Then before you know it, Matt’s 3 and 1 on Joey Gallo!

But tonight, Matt is the Caped Cruise-ader.  Sit down, son.  That’s three!

And another Matt Dugout Stroll.

2-1 as we head to the 5th, Matt is around 60 pitches and there is rain about to pour on Texas….if he can pitch a quick inning maybe he can bank a well earned 5 inning victory!

BUT Matt gave up three straight hits!  Suddenly it’s 2-2 and some guy in a sweatshirt has headed toward the mound.

Who is this guy?  What does he want?  Why isn’t he in uniform?

Hmmm no idea who this man is.  HEY why the hell is he poking Matt in the chest?  Settle down cowboy!

Sweatshirt Bully left, and the Texas broadcast finally gave me Matt Harvey Reaction Shot.  (The rabbit ears couldn’t pull in the Angels feed tonight.)

Harvey got two strikes on the batter and then TV posted THIS

Whoa that’s a weird thing to post I mean why would they po….

And just like that, The Dark Knight was gone.

At least he dropped his ERA to 9.16 (says some random guy on twitter who I didn’t fact check)

This was Vintage 2018 Harvey….just fine until he isn’t.  When the wheels come off they come off like his name is Matz Vargas.

 

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Streaming, the death of the clock radio, and the waning days of baseball on the radio

I’m wondering if the age of listening to baseball on the radio is winding down.

Since the MLB App has well taught me not to trust their product (four years of LOUD COMMERCIALS on Mets game made me decide not to give them $20), I have found myself thinking about listening to games on the radio as I sit in the yard or as I wind down to sleep.

Here’s the thing.  I don’t own a radio.

I don’t use clock radios anymore – don’t most people use their phone as their alarm?

If I did, the static on the AM band is so bad that I couldn’t hear the game anyway.  (I do have one clock radio left but see my point about the static).

I also don’t own a walkman type device.  Does anyone?  iPhones made those obsolete.

I use Alexa for my music in the house.  Alexa, play The Police.   But MLB doesn’t let radio stations stream the games….and thus I just don’t listen.  No app, no radio, no Alexa…no listen.

In the yard, I can just fire up YouTubeTV and listen to GKRZ (Gary, Keith, Ron, Zeile) (I before e except in Zeile).

So no radio.  All radio has left is the car.

I’m not saying this is good.  I’m not saying it’s bad.  I do wish MLB would just let radio stations stream the game – “Alexa play the Mets” might be a good thing to have for changing consumer habits….but again, if MLB wants to make their sport hard to consume whether it’s late starts or not making it easy to listen (even if I pay, see point about LOUD COMMERCIALS) then I am happy to not consume it.   It’s not 1979 anymore, I have plenty of ways to pass the time.

 

Gil Must Go: If Koosman stinks the 1969 Mets are doomed

Yikes, if the One True Ace Jerry Koosman has nothing we are doomed.

Kooz with a Jim McAndrew-like 5 runs in 2.1.  Awful.

Then the kid Ryan tacks on 4 more runs.

Nothing working today.

It was good to see Gil kept Amos Otis out there at third.  And Buddy is batting .240.  If we can get .240 out of Shortstop this team could have a decent summer.

Oh can Ralph Kiner stop talking about the Pirates?

And this game was THREE hours and three minutes.  Are you kidding me with this?  Bowie Kuhn is an awful commissioner and is going to destroy this sport.

The Mets are 3-6.

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