Most of us are familiar with the weekly social-media exercise known as “Throwback Thursday.” But in the case of sidelined Mets ace Matt Harvey, it was more like “Blowback Tuesday.”
To mark the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, Harvey earlier today tweeted an October 2013 photo showing him lying in a hospital bed with middle finger raised. The picture quickly disappeared from Twitter as did, soon thereafter, the account from which the photo was tweeted (@MattHarvey33). Per ESPN New York Mets beat writer Adam Rubin, the recovering pitcher decided – at least for now – to get out of the Twitter game after his middle-finger hospital snap generated some controversy:
The Mets confirmed requesting the deletion of the tweet with the photo because it contained a potentially offensive gesture, but the team added that the decision to delete the account belonged to Harvey.