By Alyssa Noe

Matt Harvey, The Black Night, The Overnight Celebrity. Whatever you want to call him; he’s better than you.

As soon as any amateur sport player goes pro, they instantly become the man. It doesn’t matter what kind of life they led prior to entering the national level. For all it matters, they could’ve been stealing candy from babies.

Now…they’re this beloved hero that is far better than any person me and you will ever amount to. Aint it sad?

I let it go a lot of the time, though. You know why? Because of guys like Harvey. I don’t care if he was pushing old people into traffic before the majors.

Now, all I care about is how he’s single-handedly breaking his back for this team’s bullpen. The guy’s fastball is downright nasty. His slider is brutal. He’s 24 years old and possibly the best strike-out pitcher in the league. Yes, that’s correct, I said league. And you wanna know the best part about it?

He’s on the New York Mets.

I’m not complaining. It’s sort of too good to be true. Once his contracts up we’ll kiss him goodbye, just like previous aces that were like hallucinated mirages that disappeared as quickly as they caught fire.

My family and I call the house next door to us the “breeding house.” Young couples with a very small child, or baby on the way, begin their lives and develop their family in this mediocre, too good for them, home. Then when the times right, they pack up their things and continue on their way into a home that’s good enough for them.

If you didn’t catch on, I’m comparing the house next-door to The Met’s franchise. editor, Jay Caspian Kang put it perfectly, “the 2013 Mets are a boring, life sucking disaster.”

My dad is the biggest Met’s fan I know. A fan through the 70’s. He’s celebrated their glory days and he’s endured their disastrous seasons. I’ve never seen him so down-right disinterested in his beloved Mets.

I do see a glimmer in his eyes when Harvey steps onto the mound, though. A pride that we brought him into this league; grew him into the pitcher he’s destined to be. He’ll be on his way, just like the others. But hey, at the end of the day, he’ll always be a Met.

Just like the rest of us, huh?

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