Timing is Everything, and Matt incarnated with the Sun in fire sign Aries, a week after the Spring Equinox, right around Spring Training, when hope springs eternal.
Considered one of the most dominant young pitchers in the major leagues, every time Harvey pitches, Mets fans refer to it as "Harvey Day” similar to when San Francisco Giants fans would say “Happy Lincecum Day” when popular righty Tim Lincecum would pitch.
After a 2013 magazine cover compared him to Batman, his childhood hero, Harvey and his fans have embraced “The Dark Knight” as his nickname.
Clever moniker as Aries energy thrives on challenge, often feeling that they must battle their way through life, depending on their own strength and courage. Aries is the stuff of heroes, and hates being on the sidelines. Matt’s Tommy John surgery and rehab must have felt like an eternity. In like manner, the innings limits posed quite a challenge as well.
Aries is refreshingly honest, true to oneself and one's own vision and convictions, even if that means standing alone. Integrity and authenticity are your gods and goddesses, and you have no sympathy for weakness of character in others.
Frequently swashbuckling, Harvey set a Mets franchise record for strikeouts in his July 26, 2012 pitching debut (11) and became the first player in modern baseball history (since 1900) to strike out 10 or more batters and get two hits in his major-league debut. After the game, Mets manager Terry Collins said of his young power pitcher:
“I haven't seen 98 out of a starting pitcher in quite some time. He's lived up to exactly what everybody's talked about.”
Aries qualities highlight an extremely competitive spirit. Energetic and forceful, Matt personifies the headstrong pioneer. Aries is the sign of the warrior, embodying free will and great daring. His natural vitality stirs others to rally in support. His sense of purpose and dedication positively inspires players. There’s almost a magical property in the way he transforms others by his presence.
Fast forward to 2015, Game 5 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, Harvey appeared to be on his way to one of the greatest pitching performances in MLB Postseason history. Harvey entered with a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth inning and in typical Aries fashion, tried to finish the game despite having thrown over 100 pitches. After allowing a leadoff walk, followed by an RBI double, Harvey was pulled. The game-tying run eventually scored later in the inning on a throwing error, resulting in a no-decision for Harvey in a game the Mets would eventually go on to lose in 12 innings. Although the Mets lost, it did demonstrate Harvey’s indomitable Aries, live by the sword, die by the sword, spirit.
Ruled by Mars, Aries have an enormous need to be in charge. Matt’s drive, stamina, and commitment, generate an aura of intense inner strength. Powerful and charismatic, with persuasive leadership qualities, demanding the ball to close out that World Series game personified that energy. Metrics and pitch counts be damned, he galvanized the Citifield crowd. It sounded like Shea back in the day!
That said, Matt craves the freedom to do things in his own way, and works very well independently. Cooperating with others or carrying out another's will is not Aries strong suit.
The Aries narrative loves action and are always ready to stir things up, do something new, make changes. Taking risks and following your own star are the breath of life for Aries, and you will get very frustrated and angry if you cannot do this.
Matt’s spontaneous, impulsive, direct, enthusiastic, and assertive. He believes in the power of positive thinking and action, and thinks of himself as a strong person, even invincible. He hates being ill or in any way in a position of dependency. Accepting their own human limitations and emotional needs is often difficult for Aries.
Aries can be aggressive in their attitudes and may have less facility in the receptive arts of relating to others, picking up subtle messages and nuances, listening, and harmonizing. That’s Libra’s job. Often so fired up about your own projects or goals you may inadvertently run over or ignore other people's feelings and interests. You also frequently try to accomplish your ends by using some version of a temper tantrum. Mets fans will agree, the dugout scene with manager Terry Collins during the World Series was epic!
From Terry Collins: A Life in Baseball, he exclaimed, “I saw the passion in his eyes — 'I want this game.' That's why I think he's great, and I think that's what's going to make him great: He wants to compete. And he wants to compete on the biggest stage, and in the biggest moment. So I gave him that chance.”
The rest as they say, is history. Collectively, we put our eggs in one fiery basket and went out in a blaze.
Aries would gain much by learning to slow down, relax, and just let things be sometimes, but their energetic, restless nature rarely allows that to happen.
With Venus also in Aries connected to his Sun, Matt is blessed with being well-loved by others, and has a strong need for friendship, and affection. His artistic and creative powers are also well developed and aesthetics are very important. He is very stylish in clothing and drives a Maserati. Personal appearance and attractiveness are also very important as the ESPN The Magazine The Body Issue keenly highlighted.
Impulsive, restless, and spontaneous, you are extremely independent and crave excitement, adventure, freedom, and discovery. You have a rebellious streak and often feel you are unusual and different from the mainstream of society. Matt’s bold appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” was the talk of the town. With Mars in strong aspect to the Sun, he’s positive, vital, energetic, active, a go-getter. He enjoys competition, and his initiative and self-confidence makes him a winner on and off the field.
Blessed with an aggressive, feisty spirit, Aries is always ready to do battle, and Matt has added another weapon, a slider, to his pitching arsenal. There will be some challenges astrologically this year with his Mars, a crucial planet for an athlete, which he will need to battle though. With Neptune in the mix, squaring his Mars, creating confusion, frustration and disillusionment, it looks like a Dark Night of the Soul for the Dark Knight of Gotham.
With Venus, planet of love, in independent Aries, his love feelings and desires are easily aroused but it may be difficult to sustain romantic interest in a relationship after the initial, exciting "chase and conquest". He enjoys a partner who is dynamic, with their own strong independent streak, and you do not like things to become too peaceful or predictable in the love arena. You want to see sparks fly once in awhile, even if that means instigating a fight. Never a dull moment with Matt! Craving emotional excitement and need to feel spontaneous and free, you may avoid making firm personal commitments. Unusual or nontraditional forms of love and relationships appeal to you, and you are attracted to unique, creative people.
Ever evolving and creative, he’s also The Players Tribune New York City Bureau Chief, and his tongue in cheek year end review is a very entertaining read. Baseball players can also be superstitious and Matt mentioned always putting his left sock on first in a Mets interview.
In a recent New York Post article, Harvey exclaimed “he can only work out for so many hours a day….that he was not going to give up enjoying his life and doing the things he’s interested in doing.” With a shoe collection to rival Imelda Marcos, heralding the Aries Mantra, I gotta be Me, I gotta be Free…And in Newsday, Harvey said “Having a little flair is never bad.”
When named with the honor of 2016 Opening Day Starter vs. The Kansas City Royals, Harvey responded “it will bring back a lot of memories, and also bring back a lot of fire.” How very Aries!
Andrea grew up a Mets fan during the magical 1973 “Ya Gotta Believe” season. Andrea has appeared on ESPN SportsCenter, and is currently the astrologer at Comcast SportsNet. She’s written for Major League Baseball magazines, ESPN.com, MLB.com as is a frequents guest on The San Francisco Giants flagship station, KNBR The Sports Leader, 95.7 The Game, Sirius XM Radio, CBS Sports Radio, Boomer and Carton show, WFAN and The Jason Smith show on Fox Sports Radio. Her pioneering work has been featured in the New York Times in a Karen Crouse article “Soothsayer to Mets Won’t Brush Off Signs,” San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Sports Illustrated, New York Post and The Ultimate Sports Guide and many others, including the book “Fantasyland” a book on fantasy baseball by Wall Street Journal author Sam Walker. Andrea brings over 25 years experience and is a certified Astrologer and graduate of Vicki Noble’s School of Healing Arts.