New York’s No. 1 has a new favorite baseball player, Mets rising phenom Matt Harvey.
Anyone who’s listened to Mike Francesa over the last couple weeks has certainly noticed his growing infatuation with Harvey, he of the 81.1 career innings pitched.
Today, with Harvey scheduled to pitch at Citi Field against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals, Francesa took it upon himself to fill an hour of radio with Mets’ analysts Ron Darling and Bobby Ojeda. The topic?
- How great Harvey is.
- How great Harvey can become.
- If Harvey will be on the mound to start the All-Star Game this July at Citi Field.
In 13 starts, Harvey’s pitching has made Francesa devolve into a weird hybrid of a starstruck school girl and one of his usual callers. In the same breath Francesa effortlessly compared Harvey to Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw and even Mets legend Tom Seaver.
Think how quick Francesa would cut off a caller if they had the gall to compare a second-year pitcher to Verlander or Kershaw.
To be fair, Francesa might be right about Harvey, who’s allowed a mere six hits in 22 innings this young season.
That said, Harvey ought to watch himself. The young righty has the New York sports talk radio equivalent of the Sword of Damocles hanging over his head with every start — the so-called “Tank Mush.”
Whenever Francesa touts something — beware — his ability to put the mush on it knows no bounds.