HARVEY’S LATE-NIGHT TREK
Hunter Harvey was getting ready for bed late Saturday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning to close out a Triple-A Rochester Red Wings’ victory when he received word that he was being called up to the Nats. Oh, and he needed to be at Nationals Park on Sunday morning.
With his wife, Summer, in Toledo, Ohio, for the game, the newlyweds took turns driving seven hours through the night to Washington, D.C., instead of flying out the next morning. It was the latest trek for Summer, who has made multiple cross-country trips to support Harvey’s Major League roster pursuit.
“She drove all over the U.S. this year,” Hunter said. “She drove with me to Arizona. I flew to Florida, and then her and my dad drove to Florida from Arizona. She drove from Florida to Toledo. She’s been a trooper.”
Harvey didn’t sleep until they arrived in Washington, snagging one hour of shut-eye before heading to the stadium for the 1:35 p.m. ET series finale against the Mets. When he walked into the Nationals’ clubhouse, he was greeted by a familiar face: fellow reliever Steve Cishek was roommates with Harvey’s older brother, Kris, nearly 15 years ago during their Minor League days in the Marlins’ organization. The two were reunited during Spring Training, when Harvey, eight years Cishek’s junior, described Cishek as “like a surrogate older brother because I know him so well.”
“I’m like, ‘Dude, this is so weird. I used to play catch with your brother every day, and here you are, and you look exactly like him,’” Cishek said during camp. “It was kind of surreal. It made me feel old, I should say. And he was kind. He was like, ‘You’re only 35.’ Only 35, thanks buddy.”