Matt Harvey recently sat down with David Amsden of Men’s Journal to discuss how amazin’ it is being Matt Harvey.
When the article leaked Harvey caught some backlash for coming off cocky and a poor role model. Harvey even sent out a disclaimer about being taken out of context.
It really sucks how words get used and completely taken out of context.
— Matt Harvey (@MattHarvey33) July 18, 2013
The article provides us with our first real look inside the posh life of Matt Harvey. Considered a humble man of quiet demeanor, it was surprising to see Harvey come forward with a look inside like he provided us in the article. The talent-oozing Mets’ Ace discussed everything from what Matt Harvery’s life is like now that he is a New York City Celebrity, what Matt Harvey does on game day, and which other NYC Celebs Matt Harvey likes to pal around with.
On Being Matt Harvey In The Big Apple:
Unlike his teammates, many of whom sequester themselves in McMansions out in the suburbs, Harvey lives in a bachelor pad in the East Village, a downtown neighborhood known for its raucous bar scene, which he indulges in on occasion. “I’m young, I’m single,” he says. “I want to be in the mix.” Harvey has lived in the sleek one-bedroom almost a year now, and every time he comes home, he experiences a thrill not unlike, say, pitching a near-perfect game while fighting a bloody nose, as Harvey did in early May against the White Sox, an outing that further cemented the burgeoning Harvey legend. “I’m on the 10th floor, with a perfect view of the Financial District,” he says. “The whole thing is windows, so as soon as I walk in it’s like:Yes. New York. I’m here.“
On Being Matt Harvey Wanting To Be Derek Jeter:
He’s having a great time, and he wants you to know it. He may not quite be a freewheeling Joe Namath sporting a mink coat on the sidelines – at least not yet – but Harvey represents a welcome shift from, say, Derek Jeter, who has managed to dominate New York sports without ever displaying evidence of a personality. Not that you’ll catch Harvey dissing Jeter. “That guy is the model,” he says. “I mean, first off, let’s just look at the women he’s dated. Obviously, he goes out – he’s meeting these girls somewhere – but you never hear about it. That’s where I want to be.”
On Being Pals With Henrik Lundqvist:
Harvey has formed a tight, Jedi-apprentice bond with Henrik Lundqvist, the goalie for the Rangers – a man known as much for his style as his ability to keep the puck out of the net. “Matt’s very funny,” says Lundqvist. “He calls me sometimes and says, ‘Let’s go shopping, teach me some stuff.'” Harvey has no shame in admitting that his fierce competitive streak extends far beyond the pitching mound. “He always makes the best-dressed lists,” he says of Lundqvist. “Well, I want to be on those lists.”
On Getting Paid:
The Mets, of course, would be insane to let him go – but the Mets are the Mets, so anything can happen. Still, one thing Harvey knows for certain: “No matter what, New York is now my home,” he says, finishing the night’s last drink. “I could buy a place now, but I’ve gotta wait for that $200 million contract. If I’m going to buy an apartment, it has to be the best apartment in the city.”
Harvey is young and cocky, but he’s earned that right. Who’s to say that Pro Athletes can’t continue to dream?
Harvey’s done nothing wrong by coming forward with his lifestyle or by paying homage to the Jeterian Way. For those saying Harvey isn’t a good role model, you’re wrong — he doesn’t cheat, he’s a good teammate, and he respects the game. He has a life outside of baseball, let him live it. Oh, and his parents love Pharcyde:
“Dirty martinis and music – that’s the big motto in our family,” he says, describing his extended Italian-American clan as a rowdy tribe, fond of letting loose as often as possible. “We get the booze going, and the music starts playing. Always old-school hip-hop. Jay-Z. Tribe Called Quest. The Pharcyde. My parents love that stuff.”