In Matt Harvey's mind, Tuesday night's one-hitter is history.
Not in a near perfect, Hall of Fame-worthy, once-in-a-century sort of way. More like history -- as in over, kaput, done, finished, time to move on.
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Despite the avalanche of congratulatory texts, including one from Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Harvey was pretty much done patting himself on the back. When asked how long he usually thinks about such a thing, Harvey had a well-rehearsed answer.
"Twenty-four hours," said Harvey, citing a personal rule. "I've been like that since I was in high school. A good start, a bad start. It can be mad, it can be happy. But when it's time to throw my bullpen, it's time to move on to the next start."
Harvey said that his philosophy is something he "kind of drew up" and it was later shaped by former major-league pitcher Bill Caudill, who works with Harvey's agent, Scott Boras.
"[Caudill] told me to give yourself 24 hours and then flush everything out," said Harvey, who became the first pitcher since 1900 to pitch nine innings with 12 or more strikeouts, no walks, only one hit and get a no-decision. "So going through college, I definitely got the practice of being able to do that and now it's pretty easy to do."
Now if only Harvey can avoid nosebleeds like the one he endured early in Tuesday night's outing. It was startling to see blood trickle down his face in the first inning, but Harvey continued to pitch, undeterred. He's still not sure why it happened, and it might help to get that figured out before he takes the mound again Sunday against the Pirates at Citi Field.
"I'm fine today," Harvey said. "We'll see if it's something with throwing hard. We'll see how it goes [Thursday] during the bullpen. If it comes back, then obviously we'll need to do something. Whether it was the Advil I took or the allergy medicine, it just wouldn't stop."
Terry Collins was glad it did. Asked where Harvey's performance ranked in his own personal history, the manager put it right at the top.
"That's the best game I've seen," Collins said. "Probably Johan [Santana's] no-hitter last year was maybe one of the most exciting. But certainly as far as just as purely pitched game, that was probably the best one I've ever had."