Matt Harvey in Men’s Journal

Lately, Matt Harvey‘s been in more magazines than Gwenyth Paltrow.

His latest appearance on the periodical shelf comes in an issue of Men’s Journal. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say:

On waiting to buy a Manhattan apartment: “No matter what, New York is now my home. 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.”

On his social life philosophy: “I have a 48-hour rule. 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.”

On living in the East Village: “I’m young, I’m single. I want to be in the mix.”

On Derek Jeter: “That guy is the model. 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 a savior: “I love the idea of coming into a struggling franchise and seeing if I can help them win. First off, I hate to lose. At anything. Secondly, who doesn’t want to be the guy to help turn something around?”

It’s great that Harvey is getting PR, and I’m sure the Mets’ PR department either has something to do with it, or has given him their blessing. New York is all about celebrity – and Harvey (by far) isn’t the first Met or Yankee to appear in a magazine.

But I’d prefer it if he exhibited more of a businesslike demeanor. It’s possible that all of these off-the-field endeavors will turn into distractions if he goes through tough times on the mound. After all, the sports media loves to build up young stars, only to bring them down (see: Johnny Manziel).

Mets blogger (and USA Today writer) Ted Berg has a section of his site called “Embarrassing photos of Cole Hamels.” I wonder if a Phillies blogger is compiling the same of Matt Harvey?

Maybe I’m overreacting. Maybe I’m just unwittingly becoming a curmudgeon as I slip into middle age. I’d just like to hear more of how he hates to lose, and wants to help turn the Mets around (the last quote listed above), and less about his dating life.

How do you feel about it? Like it? Don’t like it? Don’t care?

Paul is a freelance writer, blogger, and broadcast technology professional residing in Denver. A New Jersey native, he is a long-suffering Mets fan, a recently-happy Giants fan, and bewildered Islanders fan. He's also a fair-weather Avalanche and Rockies supporter. In his spare time, he enjoys the three Gs: Golf, Guitars, and Games.
  1. NormE July 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    This period of his life will pass too quickly. Let him enjoy it!

    The more Mets-centric among us may want his whole life to revolve around the pitching mound, and yes, the money from the Mets is making this lifestyle possible. But, like Jeter and Wright, he has to find his own balance. Hopefully, he keeps his priorities in order so that he can enjoy his time as a sports

  2. Dan B July 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    Ditto to Norm. However, I wonder what uniform Harvey will be wearing when he has his $200 million contract. Last time I checked, the Mets PR was working overtime selling fans on the horror of having such contracts. Wonder if the Yankees are beginning to salivate over those quotes.
  3. MikeT July 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    I’d like Harvey to be himself. Just like I prefer Wheeler to be himself. If Harvey is boisterous and fun then let him be. If Wheeler is reserved and quiet then that’s fine. Just let them be, and don’t compare them to each other. Zack has already been compared to Matt and argued that Wheeler is not NY enough. Now it is that Harvey is too NY. I say just leave them be and as long as they do not cause actual problems or get into actual trouble then there is no harm. They are both better off being comfortable in their own skin than trying to fit a model we set for them.
  4. Sidd Finch July 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    I think the Mets just might have their own Joe Willie Namath. A bad boy with swagger and a rocket arm. Hang on it’s going to be an “interesting” ride. One thing for sure, the team is not going to be boring with Harvey around-both on and off the field. Here’s to a future Mets team of brash, cocky ballplayers who play hard on and off the field–together. They should go grab Maddon from the Rays to manage this bunch. Regardless, it”s about to become an exciting time to be a Mets fans again.
  5. crozier July 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm
    Harvey’s larger than life already, so it’s no surprise the personality matches. But as I thought more about it, I realized that if you swapped out Harvey with A-Rod, there’d be a whole lot of hate over the article.

    Me, I find A-Rod one of the most unattractive sports personalities in the business because he’s so transparently in love with himself. Harvey seems like he’s better than that, but what do I know?

    I’m sure Izzy would have an opinion on this, if I could just conjure him up, a la Beetlejuice.

    Izzy, Izzy, Izzy!

  6. Mike B July 19, 2013 at 8:39 am
    He doesnt have to look across town to find the model on how to act. David Wright doesnt talk about his millions and all the hot chicks he got before he met Molly Beers.

    Personally those comments dont bother me, I hope he is a 200 million dollar man and I am sure beatitful women come with that. I can see how they piss some people off and it is never smart to rub your riches in peoples face.

  7. Jason M. July 20, 2013 at 10:40 am
    The comments aren’t a problem… yet. But, note how Wright and Jeter, when they were phenoms at a similar level of their career, did NOT talk about women or being “in the mix”, or hoping to earn $200 million. There’s a fine line between confidence and blind arrogance, and someone who talks like this before his career has really begun, could easily wind up the next John Montefusco or Alex Rodriguez… and we really don’t want THAT, do we? At this point, the appropriate response is to pat him on the head and say, “Mr. Harvey, you’re no Derek Jeter.”