Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Matt Harvey has done another photo spread and detailed interview, this time with the magazine Men’s Journal.
In the interview, during which he also talks about dating Russian models, white linen suits, and 98-mph fastballs, Harvey states: “Man, do I f*****g love this city.”
Harvey talks specifically about his idea of perfection, which includes owning the best apartment in New York City, signing a $200 million contract, being on everyone’s best dress list, and quietly dating famous women…like Derek Jeter.
“That guy is the model,” Harvey says of Jeter. “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.”
Update – 11:26 a.m.: Harvey just tweeted: “It really sucks how words get used and completely taken out of context.”
Update – 12:10 p.m.: Harvey spoke to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News regarding this interview, specifically about his comments on Jeter. “I said I wanted to be like Jeter in good ways. I used an example of how he probably goes out, but you never hear anything bad,” Harvey told Martino.
“I love watching Jeter because he played hard every single night and was a winner,” he said. “When I moved to NYC, the respect for him grew, because I realized what the media was like. And for him, he always stayed out of the bad media, making him a leader on and off the field.”
I understand his goals, and I hope he gets everything he wants. Also, speaking as a 37-year-old, married, scrawny, 5’8″, father of two, I’m sure I’ll end up living vicariously through him every step of the way. However, as a Mets fan, this is the first interview he’s done that concerns me.
Harvey has been terrific on field, though it’s worth noting Jeremy Hefner has been better than him since mid June. Unlike Hefner, I also realize and respect that Harvey is working hard here to put himself on the national map. Again, I have no problem with this…
However, the key to Jeter’s off-field success is that he’s got a handful of Championship rings, he doesn’t talk about much of anything, and when he does, he always comes across as passionate, dedicated, humble and thankful. It’s brilliant. I see people parroting the talking point: “How come Harvey can do a photo shoot and be praised, but Alex Rodriguez does it and gets laughed at?” Easy answer: Rodriguez is the opposite of Jeter. Rodriguez has one ring, and a long track record of talking about himself, bragging, coming across a bit entitled and equally goofy. So, when Rodriguez does a photo shoot (kissing himself in the mirror, for instance) he’s an easy target. More important, though, A-Rod isn’t very good any more. So, his off-field antics frame him as distracted and awkward.
The point is – and what Harvey needs to be mindful of is – the minute he stumbles, the week he has back-to-back bad starts, everyone is going to point to the models, the late nights, the vodka and waters, the photo shoots and the life he is talking about in these interviews. Remember that time Jeter got off to a terrible start, he was rumored to be dating Mariah Carey and George Steinbrenner had to have a sit-down talk with him about his behavior. Yup, it even happened to Harvey’s idol.
There’s a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning, and I hope Harvey walks it well…
To read Harvey’s interview and article in Men’s Journal, click here…