Posted July 21, 2013

Mets’ Matt Harvey says he’s ‘embarrassed’ by portrayal in magazine article

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Mets ace Matt Harvey said of the Men’s Journal article that detailed his nightlife, “The way I was portrayed is not who I am.” (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Young New York Mets ace Matt Harvey delivered a statement on the mound by pitching seven shutout innings against the Phillies on Sunday, then another in the clubhouse after the game.

After his first start since making headlines for his comments in a Men’s Journal article – in which he delved into his single life, calling Derek Jeter a “model” for his ability to meet women without the public knowing — Harvey said he was “embarrassed” by the way he was portrayed in the article.

“The way I was portrayed is not who I am and not the person I am,” he said, according to the New York Times‘ Andrew Keh.

The 24-year-old — who also recently posed nude in ESPN the Magazine’s “The Body” issue — said he wanted to “deal with it on the field,” according to Newsday‘s Marc Carig, which manager Terry Collins said that he noticed while watching Harvey strike out 10, walk none and allow just three hits.

From ESPNNewYork’s Adam Rubin:

In the Men’s Journal story, Harvey, who US Weekly reported was dating Sports Illustrated supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna in May, detailed his nightlife while living in Manhattan’s East Village, making several comments that stirred controversy among Mets fans.

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.”

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.”

Still, Harvey is quick to add that he curbs such nightlife indulgence leading up to a game. “I have a 48-hour rule,” he says. “No drinking two days before a start. But those other days? Yes, I’m gonna go out. If I was locked up in my house all week, I don’t know what I’d be like on the baseball field.”

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23 comments
CharlesHenry3
CharlesHenry3

I get what he's embarrassed about - being portrayed as a mindless womanizer.  Not something he'd want to brag about in a magazine.

That said - he is young, he is single ... so long as he follows whatever guidelines he has for himself and doesn't hurt anyone else, I'd say let him be.

frankelee
frankelee

Sounds like a normal bro. It's not even, "Hey that's what guys in there 20s do," as if he was engaged in some indiscretion here. He's literally just alive, likes women, and drinks alcohol. Don't get it.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Hey, I was doing the exact same thing when I was 24. At least, that's the way I remember it.

Boodah
Boodah

I don't see anything at all to be 'embarrassed' about. This is his agent and the club forcing him to make these comments. They want to cling to the idea that sports fans expect athletes to be virgin choir boys who go straight from the field to bed, eat their vegetables, call mom every day and work in soup kitchens on their off days.

muser
muser

Matt just didn't want the talent to think that he's not a sensitive guy....

Michael10
Michael10

Maybe he decided he'd rather make his reputation as a ball player rather than as another high-profile New York tailchaser...

though he'd probably make a rather dashing centaur.

billbellicheat
billbellicheat

24 year old wealthy athlete enjoys nightlife....

I thought I avoided these horrible articles by leaving ESPN.... oh well at least I don't have to sign in with facebook.

M20
M20

I can't figure out what's supposed to be wrong about what he said.

OlDiz
OlDiz

Geez, I'd question his mental state if he didn't.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Seems like a pretty normal 24 year old guy to me.

Markus
Markus

If I was young, single, rich, and living in New York, I'd be behaving exactly the same way.

I'm jealous of him.

2001mark
2001mark

Meh.  All things considered, this shouldn't mean anything.  Name another 24yr old single New Yorker with money, male or female I might add, who doesn't live it up some on the town.  I mean, ppl are vilifying this?  As if he were on HGH or steroids cheating the world for money... somehow being a single baseball player having some drinks on off days, oh the humanity.  Tell me again how poorly that's affecting his play.  Jesh.

BlueMoon
BlueMoon

@Wisconsin Death Trip Yes, of course ESPN The Magazine is parasitic liberal media.  Socialist, too!  Pro big government!  Pro abortion!  Blah, blah, blah...so why did you read the article?  Why are you here?

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@Boodah Actually, I think it's his girlfriend who is forcing him to make these comments.

MrArlington
MrArlington

@M20 Nothing is wrong with what he said. But you don't want to be perceived as a party animal who goes out lookng for @ss and such.

wetmouse
wetmouse

@2001mark He's seems upset at being portrayed (by his own words, by the way) in the way that you suggest is no big deal. Apparently it is to him.

And others. He is seen as having the morals of an alley cat. But this story was made using his comments, words he chose to share with a reporter. He is who he is, and he's not comfortable with who he is once he sees HIS words in print. 

And you need to grow up, 2001mark.

Boodah
Boodah

@MrArlington @M20 Why not? It didn't hurt Broadway Joe to much in his heyday, and like Harvey said, Jeter is 'the model'.... Hasn't seemed to hurt him much either.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@wetmouse The morals of an alley cat?  Was that in the article or did you make it up?   You make the concept single people meeting other single people seem like a bad thing.   Maybe it is up on your high horse, but for the rest of us it is part of life and a pretty good part at that.

Goinglow17
Goinglow17

@wetmouse @2001mark Really? What a ridiculous comment. I always love petty posts like this one telling people to grow up. Take a look in the mirror pal.