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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Keidel: Mets’ Matt Harvey Needs To Be Quiet — Now

I’ve never heard Harvey say a word against Akron New York.

Harvey is already wearing us out. Between the middle-digit tweet, the talk of no Tommy John when they first found the torn ligament in his golden arm, posing for nude photos for ESPN and the perfunctory, courtside Barbie doll on his arm at every game, he’s making way more noise in the stands than on the diamond.

Harvey sparkles on the diamond — where he belongs — but not in the media, the front row or the operating table.

Do your slicing on the mound. We don’t need to hear from you now, particularly that you think you can start six or seven games this year, when you need to wait until next year. Unless Harvey got his medical degree during the offseason, he shouldn’t go all James Andrews on us. The recovery time is what it is, even if the repaired arm is more magical than the others.

It’s too cliché to say that all stars and All-Stars are fueled by hubris, that their outsized egos are essential to their success.

...We get Harvey. He’s young. He’s talented. He’s single. He’s in NYC. And he’s bored. If the Mets are smart they’ll put a gag order on Harvey, who will soon say something he’ll regret — even more than the middle finger he flashed on social media.

None of this amounts to a misdemeanor. But it feels like a haunting precursor. Harvey acts like he owns the Big Apple before his first full bite. You want the competitive vigor but not the self-diagnosis. You want the confidence but not the arrogance. You want the focus and fearlessness but not the recklessness.

...Harvey is the face of the Mets. Whether that’s a new, fresh face or one of those subway billboards doctored by devious teens depends on many, moving parts.

But it all begins with Harvey, who may be young and restless but needs to mature if he’s going to bite the Big Apple. It’s been 30 years since our city dangled from the divine right arm of a phenom. Harvey’s harvest will make the Mets or break the Mets for years to come.

Repoz Posted: May 22, 2014 at 03:48 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JJ1986 Posted: May 22, 2014 at 03:55 PM (#4711653)
Better trade him for Victor Zambrano.
   2. Just drawing conclusions on the wall Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4711658)
If you don't like celebrity gossip, ignore it. If you do like it, watch ESPN.
   3. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:04 PM (#4711663)
He can leave the Barbie Doll with me during games, I promise to treat her well.
   4. AJMcCringleberry Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:04 PM (#4711664)
I'm curious, when did the writer get his medical degree?
   5. Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:05 PM (#4711666)
On the list of things a professional athlete has done/said over the years to warrant a gag order this is pretty far down the list. I think I'm more touchy about this stuff than a lot of folks here but this is all incredibly mild stuff. I'm particularly amused that this guy is upset that Harvey wants to pitch. I'm sure if Harvey said "look, I need to take the whole year off" this guy would be screaming that Harvey lacks desire.
   6. Dock Ellis Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:07 PM (#4711668)
he’s making way more noise in the stands than on the diamond.

He is out for much of the year. He hasn't been on the diamond lately and won't be until at least this fall.
   7. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:11 PM (#4711675)
So when did Matt Harvey turn down Jason Keidel for a 1-on-1 interview?
   8. snowles Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4711682)
Somewhere Alex Antholopolus is lurking, waiting, biding his time....
   9. Ray (RDP) Posted: May 22, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4711728)
I love how people care about this nonsense. Francesa spent two hours the other day criticizing Harvey because Harvey "wants to keep himself in the spotlight" and said he wants to come back this year.

It's all meaningless.
   10. thetailor (Brian) Posted: May 22, 2014 at 05:49 PM (#4711740)
It's not even like Harvey is out there begging for attention. People ask him questions and he answers them honestly.

Q: When do you think you'll be back?
A: I hope to pitch this year.
Q: WHAT? WHY?!
A: It'll make me feel better going into the offseason.

Or they just... see him places... existing, like a human being. If invisibility technology existed, you've got an argument. But until it does, I think he can go to Rangers games.
   11. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: May 22, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4711761)
I don't care what he says or doesn't say, I just want him to do what his [medical] doctors tell him to do.
   12. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 22, 2014 at 06:47 PM (#4711779)
But what did his personal pitching coach say, and when will his lawyer be releasing a statement?
   13. villainx Posted: May 22, 2014 at 09:23 PM (#4711852)
With the barbie reference, the only pic in the article is Harvey sitting in the stands between two dudes. Oh well.
   14. bobm Posted: May 22, 2014 at 09:58 PM (#4711869)
http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/22/apparently-matt-harvey-needs-to-snap-a-lid-on-his-mouth/

The whole column is Keidel telling Harvey to shut up. Which is great considering I can’t for the life of me think of a single controversial thing Harvey has actually said. [...]

Anyway, this is obviously clownshoes stuff. A guy in the media ranting on about how players shouldn’t be human and shouldn’t do things that force — literally force — people to write gossip items and hand-wringing columns like this.
   15. Bote Man Posted: May 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM (#4711907)
I think we're all agreed that no writer has EVER sought to make himself the center of attention or preened for additional publicity.
   16. PASTE does not get put on waivers in August Posted: May 23, 2014 at 08:11 AM (#4711960)
Right, because it's not like publicity/fame level is basically the sole determiner of media members' paychecks.
   17. just plain joe Posted: May 23, 2014 at 08:29 AM (#4711967)
With the barbie reference, the only pic in the article is Harvey sitting in the stands between two dudes. Oh well.


Barbie, Ken, whatever.
   18. villageidiom Posted: May 23, 2014 at 09:21 AM (#4711985)
Harvey yakety-yaks a streak, and wastes your time of day.
But ol' A-Rod will never speak, unless he has something to say.
   19. pikepredator Posted: May 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM (#4712039)
I am struggling to remember something an athlete did that I enjoyed more than the whole "What do you think of Matt Harvey?" thing. Apologies for the slightly tortured syntax.

So, I completely disagree. The Cano thing was really funny too, nice to see him knock the whole traitor angle down a notch. I am fine with more of that, brings casual fans and non-fans a little closer to the game and makes for positive youtube/re-tweet fodder.

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