Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mr. Excitement Returns

As with any offseason, particularly in the dark days of February, a month where many Presidents and a ragtag Mets Blogger celebrate birthdays, it's often a lot of grasping at straws when it comes to finding things to write about. So you end up with weeks on end where I have little or nothing to say regarding the Mets, but with the team now starting to crank into action, I have to crank myself up too.

News around the Mets isn't really what I would call news so much as little bits and pieces of information to get excited about. It is, after all, the first time in about 6 years that we can really get excited about the team so these things are often approached with baited breath. And, of course, no single player on the team merits as much baited breath as Matt Harvey, who is the story of the Spring as he finally returns from Big Boy Surgery.

He's facing live batters for the first time since his surgery on Friday, which is about as newsworthy as things get in the early part of the Spring. There's not much more to say other than it's good to see him making progress and the hot word I've heard is that he's going to be slotted in to pitch the Mets Home Opener on April 13th. I, of course, already have my tickets for that game so if you didn't have any incentive to be excited already, now, if you're not juiced for Opening Day at Citi Field, you either died or you're not a Mets fan. Still, a ways to go before we get to April 13th, and Harvey will be likely pitching to batters who aren't going to swing at anything. The real acid test will come later, when he finally gets into a game. But, baby steps at this point. It's been baby steps for the Mets for several years now, so what's a few more?

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