Some forces are beyond even the power of Matt Harvey to control.
Many fans on Friday missed parts of the Mets pitcher's return when SNY's signal was disrupted by a phenomenon called "sun outage" that occurs in the weeks just before the spring equinox and just after the autumnal equinox.
The problem, in which the sun overwhelms the signal from a satellite as it crosses behind it, only affects signals for brief periods of time. In this case, it was a poorly timed period.
The signal was in and out during Harvey's two innings of action, although not all viewers were affected. Later, the signal was lost again during an interview with Harvey after his outing.
As Harvey faced his sixth and final batter, play-by-play man Gary Cohen said, "By the way, it's that season when the angle of the sun sometimes causes sunspots that affect our transmission. We apologize. There's nothing anybody can do about it."
Said analyst Ron Darling, "It's not aurora borealis, something like that, right?"
Cohen responded, "Just momentary angle of the sun. Kind of like a sharp breaking ball from Mother Nature."
An SNY spokesman said the network was aware of the potential problem and prepared for it, saying it is something that any entity that transmits daytime signals at this time of year must deal with.