Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was significantly more interested in his cross-town rivals than his own squad on Thursday night. The 25-year-old righthander is recovering from Tommy John surgery, a procedure that forced him to miss the entire 2014 season and instead of watching the Mets wrap up a doubleheader against Washington, he snagged a ticket to Yankee Stadium.

Harvey grew up in the area during the height of the Yankees World Series dominance and of course is/was a massive a Derek Jeter fan. That apparently meant there was no way he was missing the captain’s last home game:

While the respect is admirable and he has barely traveled with the team all season, the decision will certainly be criticized. Newsday’s Mark Carig tracked down Mets manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson for a comment:

Asked if he had any objection to Harvey’s actions in this instance, Collins said “not really.” When asked if he took issue with Harvey attending the game, general manager Sandy Alderson texted, “No comment.”

The reactions are far from an approval therefore it appears Harvey may have created some tension in the team’s clubhouse as they close out 2014.

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[Black Sports Online]