Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 6/19/13
There’s really no other way to do this justice put to include the entire excerpt untouched, unmarred and unedited. We all know that Matt Harvey has ice water running through his veins. But I bet you didn’t know this: During his rookie season last year, Harvey was tired and decided to take a nap in a side room of the Mets’ clubhouse. One of baseball’s stupid decrees goes something like: Rookies pretty much can’t do anything. That includes nap. The self-appointed enforcer of this rule was Jon Rauch, the 6-foot-11 relief pitcher with head-to-toe tattoos and the sort of perma-snarl reserved for nuns and rabid dogs. Rauch, according to people who saw the incident, barged into the room with bucket of ice water, which he proceeded to dump on Harvey. It waterlogged Harvey’s phone, which was resting on his chest as an alarm, and incited an even more electrical reaction inside Harvey. He bounded up and challenged Rauch to a fight. Right there. Right then. He gave up 7 inches, about 75 pounds...
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