He started Game 5 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals and Mets starter Matt Harvey will get yet another chance to knock off his American League nemesis in the season opener. Terry Collins announced that the "Dark Knight" will get the first opening day start of his career when the Amazin's travel to Kansas City to open the 2016 campaign.
New York's inaugural game of the regular season will come on April 3 at Kauffman Stadium on ESPN's Sunday night baseball. It goes without saying that Harvey is ready for a rematch of the World Series.
"It's a huge honor," Harvey admitted. "Looking around the locker room, looking at this corner, obviously Terry could have announced anybody. So for me getting the nod, it's a huge honor. It's all about how we start and come out. I definitely feel, a year after surgery, I'm definitely 100 percent and happy about the honor and definitely ready for the battle."
Harvey infamously argued with manager Terry Collins in the Mets fateful Game 5 to go out and pitch the ninth inning, but the Mets surrendered two runs in that inning and five in the twelfth to give the Royals their first championship in 30 years. Suffice it to say, Harvey is planning to use the bitter taste left in his mouth from last year's Fall Classic as an impetus to get the Mets on the right track in Kansas City.
"I think it's going to be a great atmosphere, obviously, going to Kansas City. Playing against them, it's going to bring back a lot of memories, but it's also going to bring back a lot of fire."