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Mets’ Steven Matz has hero named after him at Long Island deli (pics)


Steven Matz has been something of a local hero in Long Island for some time now. Growing up as a highly touted pitching prospect at Ward Melville High School in Stony Brook, the New York Mets’ newest phenom has been on the locals’ radar for years.

The pitcher, in fact, has been such a known figure in the Long Island area that he has had a hero named in his honor at a local deli since 2009, when he was drafted by the Mets in the second round with the 72nd overall selection in the 2009 MLB Draft.

This of course came long before he dazzled the baseball world with a 3-for-3, 4 RBI performance — that complimented his day on the mound, where he limited the Cincinnati Reds to two runs on five hits while striking out six in 7⅔ innings in the Mets’ 7-2 win — in his major league debut on Sunday.

Matz caused quite a stir on Monday when he showed up along with teammate Jacob deGrom at the Se-Port Deli in East Setauket, the deli that offers “The Matz” among its menu items and an eatery where the pitcher has been a regular for years.

“We had an off day today so I called Jacob to see what he was doing,” Matz told Newsday. “We came out to Long Island, figured I’d show him the town a little bit.”

While it caused quite a commotion, Matz’s visit to the deli was made somewhat amusing due to what he ordered. The pitcher, perhaps strangely, didn’t order the hero that bears his name — a sandwich that consists of chicken cutlet, melted jack and cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, topped with pepper house dressing on a toasted garlic hero. Matz instead ordered a “Boone” — which features a chicken cutlet, melted American cheese, bacon and Russian dressing on a roll.

“That’s the most standard one, so that’s what I went with,” said Matz of his order. “But it’s cool to have my own hero. It’s been up there for a while.”

Wisam Dakwar, the owner of the deli, likely took no offense to Matz opting for a different sandwich than the one named in his honor.

“I had a feeling that one day he was going to be famous,” he said. “He made history Sunday. That’s a big thing for everybody. That hero will be up there forever.”

(image credit: Adam Rubin/Newsday/Twitter)