By Joe McDonald at 17 July, 2013, 2:20 pm
It was a moment that set the social media ablaze.
Twitter and Facebook both lit up after the Mets Matt Harvey hit Robinson Cano with a pitch.
Yankee fans, naturally were blaming Harvey for doing it to their second baseman on purpose, while Met fans were defending Harvey.
Even those betting on baseball couldn’t have predicted this one.
In the end though Cano is alright and with a contusion on the quad and will play Friday night against the Red Sox.
“He was just trying to throw a cutter in and got a little too far inside,” Cano said. “When I was coming off the field, he said ‘my bad’ and I said ‘no problem.’ I know he don’t want to hit nobody. That’s just part of the game.”
Harvey, understandably wasn’t trying to incite a brawl, even though he stood up to Jon Rausch last year, Instead he was apologetic and took the blame after Cano was walking off the field.
“We had called fastball in there. I knew I had to get it inside but obviously I didn’t want to get it in that much,” Harvey said. “Once I let it go, I could kinda feel it. I cut it a little bit, so I was hoping he was going to be able to get out of the way. But unfortunately, he didn’t. It definitely was not intentional.”
Thankfully, though, he wasn’t throwing 99 MPH on that pitch. Instead it was around 92. Cano, though, didn’t want to take a chance in what is essentially an exhibition and left the game after Miguel Cabrera struck out. The Sox Dustin Pedroia came in and manned second.
“I felt it getting a little tight and I didn’t want to aggravate it, make it a worse situation,” Cano said. “I thought I better come out of the game and put ice on it. I know it’s the All-Star Game and it’s for the fans but I didn’t want to take a chance. If it were a regular-season game, it would be different.”
At the end of the day, though, Cano looks fine. He mentioned it on the Fox report and then in the post game.
“I’m walking fine. I’d say no pain, just tightness a little bit,” Cano said. “Since it’s close to the knee, if it had been something where I couldn’t walk, then I would have been worried. Thankfully I was able to walk.”
It would have been a real blow to the Yankees, though, who may be starting to watch betting videos their luck has been so bad. With Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and of course Alex Rodriguez on the shelf, the Bomber can ill afford losing their best batter for any period of time.