KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two of the biggest names in the 2015 World Series, the Mets' Matt Harvey and Royals' Eric Hosmer, go way back - to the summer of 2007 when both were teenagers playing for the Midland Redskins, a traveling amateur team based in Ohio. (Even though Harvey is from Connecticut and Hosmer from Florida.)
What was the "Dark Knight" like back then?
"Even at a young age, he was always just a step ahead of everybody, between the tools and when it came to having that intensity out there on the mound," Hosmer said. "He was our ace pitcher, obviously, and he was a competitor and it was cool because he was a guy that wanted the ball."
Hosmer recalled Harvey pitching two tournament games in a three-day span. "He was a guy who wanted the ball, and when the stage is at its biggest like it is now, he wants to be on it," Hosmer said.
Did the two dream of one day meeting in a World Series?
"Just the Connie Mack World Series, that's all we were talking about," Hosmer said. "I don't think we ever dreamed of being in the World Series, especially facing each other or playing on the same team. It sounds like kind of a long shot at that point in time. But it's here. It's crazy."
Said Harvey: "It was a pretty awesome summer, and we became pretty good friends . . . I think we were more excited to be going to the Connie Mack World Series at the time. I didn't know if I was going to go to college or play pro ball.
"Thinking of playing in the World Series at that time was definitely not in our minds."
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