The Mets may take forever to win a baseball game, but give them this: they're quick with a joke.
Or at least their longtime director of media relations is.
Jay Horwitz, the team's PR guru since 1980, set off a mini firestorm on Tuesday after jokingly tweeted that Matt Harvey would be allowed to miss Wednesday's game in order to attend the Rangers playoff game at Madison Square Garden. Horwitz said the Rangers were 6-0 with Harvey in attendance. Morning radio show hosts and some online outlets were quick to jump on Horwitz, Harvey and the Mets, taking the tweet seriously and thinking Harvey was abandoning his team.
After it was revealed to be a joke, Horwitz, instead of apologizing, kept the joke up. That continued into Wednesday afternoon when he tweeted a picture of a sign-up sheet (above) indicating no members of the Mets would indeed be attending the Rangers game.
And yes, Matt Harvey signed it.
Here's a timeline of the joke from Horwitz's twitter account:
Matt Harvey has Mets permission to skip game tomorrow and be at MSG to root on Rangers. Matt has not seen Rangers lose at home. 6-0.— Jay Horwitz (@Jay_HorwitzPR) May 7, 2013
Jeff Wilpon not happy that Matt Harvey was leaving for game. Instead Jeff said he would put entire game on board at Citi so Matt could stay.— Jay Horwitz (@Jay_HorwitzPR) May 7, 2013
Rest easy. All Mets coaches & players are at Citi Field tonight and not at @nyknicks game. Knicks will provide limo if our game is quick.— Jay Horwitz (@Jay_HorwitzPR) May 7, 2013
In a meeting last night,Mets players and coaches all pledged to be at Citi tonight. We love the Rangers said Ike Davis but this is our job.— Jay Horwitz (@Jay_HorwitzPR) May 8, 2013
Crisis averted.Mets will all be at Citi. twitter.com/Jay_HorwitzPR/…— Jay Horwitz (@Jay_HorwitzPR) May 8, 2013