Matt Harvey puts media on blast for how he’s negatively portrayed
The way Matt Harvey sees it, the New York Mets have no right to delve too deeply into his personal life so long as he’s doing his job and performing well on the mound.
In an upcoming profile on the pitcher set to air on ESPN’s “E:60” newsmagazine program, Harvey scoffs at the notion that the Mets should be concerned about his comings and goings and how he has become frequent fodder for the ravenous New York gossip columns.
The pitcher is asked in the upcoming “E:60” segment about whether he believes ownership would prefer him to avoid the New York nightlife, settle down, get married and move to Connecticut.
“I have one father, basically,” Harvey said, per the New York Post. “I think if I win, I’ll be fine. As long as I’m winning and doing my job and not getting arrested, I’m not doing drugs. I’m not doing anything like that. I’m here to win. I’m here to play, and who I hang out with is my choice.”
Harvey, who missed the entire 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2013, often was the subject of gossip during his layoff for being seen out and about in the city or gallivanting in Russia with his then-supermodel girlfriend when some argued he should have been more focused on his recovery and rehabilitation. The pitcher seemingly places the blame on the gossip hounds in the media for its negative portrayal of how he conducts himself.
“From the things I’ve read, I think I’ve been portrayed in kind of a way that makes me look like I don’t put an effort into winning,” Harvey said. “I think that’s completely the wrong portrayal of the person I am. When people are getting on me for being at a Ranger game at 7 o’clock at night, they don’t see what I’ve done between yoga, Pilates, workout, thrown, ran, done all my work by 5 o’clock, ate and then I went to the game. Nobody is seeing that. Nobody is commenting on that.”
Harvey has butted heads with Mets brass in the past over how he perceives he is judged for his off-field activities. Last May, he refused to apologize to the Mets for “having a life,” right around the same time he was tangentially involved in a brawl at a Manhattan nightspot.
Still, between his stellar play in spring training — pitching to a 1.19 ERA while walking only one batter in 22 2/3 innings — along with the appearance he’s trying to play the role of good soldier, it appears that despite all the bluster in the ESPN profile, Harvey is ready to play nice and focus solely on things between the chalked lines.