Matt Harvey regrets the way things ended with the Mets, and wants fans to know that he gave "his all" to the organization.
"There's a lot of things I wish I obviously hadn't done," Harvey said Monday night in the visitors dugout at Citi Field. "When injuries kind of took a toll on me and I wasn't able to do my job the way I wanted to, I made a lot of mistakes."
"I really put everything out there and it was a lot of fun," Harvey added. "Something I'll always remember."
After being moved to the bullpen earlier this season, Harvey refused a minor league assignment, leading the Mets to DFA him.
Harvey, who fondly recalled the cheers and the "Harvey's better" chants, was asked what his message would be for the fans:
"I always wanted to win here and I always wanted to bring 2013 every single year," Harvey said. "I think with those injuries it just wasn't quite possible at the time. You know, it sucked. It was not something I wanted. Obviously, getting to the World Series and all of that. My whole goal was to win and get back every year. Like I said, the injuries just didn't let that happen."
While Harvey said most of what went wrong late in his Mets tenure was a result of injuries, he gets why he might be booed by the fans at Citi Field.
"I can understand that there will be some boos. … I do want everybody to know that I do regret mistakes I made. But I did put my heart in to this organization."
Harvey said he "kind of had an idea" in May when the Mets were getting close to designating him for assignment. And even though pitching deep in to the postseason in 2015 might have had a negative impact on his future, he said he wouldn't have done anything differently.
"I wouldn't (change) going back to the World Series for anything," Harvey said. "I definitely gave it my all, and obviously my body couldn't handle it."