@mchlyang made a card indicting Harvey for missing mandatory team workouts yesterday. And what are sports for if not arguing? So I'm here to write a counterpoint to this card.
Leave him alone.
We don't know what happened. At first, Harvey claimed that he was stuck in traffic. Then, that story seemed to have been sniffed out and proven untrue. The truth is, it doesn't matter.
I know that we all like to hold athletes to higher standards than we hold ourselves. I get it - they are role models to young kids and they get paid millions of dollars to do a 'job' that so many of us would do for free.
But sometimes, we take it too far.
Maybe Harvey actually was stuck in traffic. Maybe he was hungover. Maybe he just missed his alarm. Maybe he was out gardening and lost track of time. I don't know, and neither do you. So let's stop speculating.
It doesn't matter.
He missed a practice. As he said in his interview: it's never happened before, it'll never happen again. Harvey is a team player, even if all the innings limit drama has tried to prove otherwise. He's committed to this team. I have no doubt about it.
You want to know what does matter?
That he apologized to his teammates and to his coaches. That he's pitching in a few days in a playoff game. That's what we need to focus on, not some silly back-page story about Harvey sitting in traffic, or not sitting in traffic, or whatever.
I'm not saying Harvey is excused for missing practice. He'll be fined, and that's OK with me. But let's move on and focus on baseball. No reason to let this drag on and distract this team.