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Matt Harvey fires back on Instagram after catching heat for private jet pic


Matt Harvey took to Instagram to fire back at critics after he was roundly ripped on social media for posting a photograph of himself enjoying the luxurious environs and posh amenities he was afforded during a recent flight on a private jet.

The New York Mets ace on Thursday morning posted a photograph to Instagram of his view from the back of the plane during a team flight returning from the West Coast following series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

A photo posted by Matt Harvey (@mattharvey33) on

“Just landed back in NYC on ‘THE TEAM FLIGHT’ ‘WITH THE TEAM,’ Harvey writes in a post dripping with obvious sarcasm.

The entire social media kerfuffle arose from Harvey posting a different photograph to Instagram earlier this week that shows the well-dressed and clearly relaxed pitcher basking in the comfort of a private flight utilizing the top-notch Wheels Up service during a trip to Post Ranch Inn, a five-star hotel located in Big Sur, Calif., where rooms can go for upwards of four figures a night, according to a New York Post report.

  A photo posted by Matt Harvey (@mattharvey33) on

“Thanks @wheelsup8760 for the lift to #bigsur #postranchinn while we made our west coast trip,” Harvey wrote on Instagram.

Many of the comments on the social media post were less than complimentary, something that apparently prompted Harvey to sarcastically point out that he has no problems slumming it on a lowly charter flight with his teammates.

Harvey, who has no problems enjoying the good life afforded by being a big league star, has never been afraid to respond to his critics, including those in the media, so it’s not surprising that he did so again.

Harvey has been somewhat solid since in his return after missing the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery. Although it’s worth noting that after starting the season 4-0 in April, Harvey has come back to earth a bit, going 3-6 in 12 starts.

In a way, his performance on the mound should be what is providing fodder for criticism about the ballplayer, not whether or not he enjoys the finer things in life from time to time.