Some days the universe works against you. It laughs at the person realizing they studied the wrong chapters for an exam or at the person getting in the wrong metro car on their commute to work. Some days, the culmination of events is just so perverse that it laughs at you as the person who spilled their drink on you at the game recounts every life event that led them there — the same guy who spent the first five innings explaining why the Matt Williams joke he heard you tell is wrong.
Baseball is one of the best tools to cause this kind of resignation. Never has Matt Harvey been more relatable than when he gave up a home run to Jose Lobaton. MASN announcer FP Santagelo called Harvey’s reaction an eyeroll, but it was so much more than that.
Jose Lobaton’s first bomb of the year (featuring Anthony Rendon as guest helmet remover). pic.twitter.com/ZrFoxBn2AK
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This first picture is the moment when Harvey realized exactly what he allowed. Though Loby will forever be remembered as NLDS Game Two Home Run Hitter, he had only three homers in all of 2016, and he had only one hit against Harvey in his career before Friday night. Watch that information flood into Harvey’s eyes as they watch the ball sail over the center field fence.
Part two of this photo story captures the moment that Harvey lets the event seep into every inch of his being. “This is my life now,” his body communicates, “I give up pumps to career .224/.301/.329 backup catchers.” What a moment.
The final photo is the most ambiguous of the three. Is Harvey planning his escape to the Korean Baseball Organization to hideaway as a bullpen coach? Is he wondering if he can figure out how getting really into the 60s allowed Bertram to be never heard from again? Whatever it is… same, Matthew. Same.
The above display is Harvey’s response to Bryce Harper’s two-run homer in the first inning — a natural extension of his Lobaton expressions. Harvey’s face after Harper’s homer is an instant of skepticism at Harper’s abilities, especially since Harper started his career 1-for-26 against him.
The Mehmey Avoider has become the Mehmey Maker.Tags: Bryce Harper, Jose Lobaton, Nationals, Nats, Washington Nationals