• Matt Harvey & His Yankees Fandom

    Posted by on May 28th, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Via ESPN

    Matt Harvey was just like many other fans who attended the Subway Series. Back when he was a kid, he and his family, adorned in Yankees caps, would make the two-hour drive from Mystic, Conn., to invade Shea Stadium.

    Including Monday night, Harvey estimates he has attended seven of the 91 regular-season Subway Series games. On Tuesday, it will be No. 8, but Harvey will be the man everyone is coming to see.

    “It is sort of a dream come true,” the 24-year-old Mets ace said.

    Harvey and his family have exchanged their Yankees hats for a lighter shade of blue, but you can tell in his voice that rooting for the championship teams of Derek Jeter, Paul O’Neill and a man he sometimes mirrors on the mound, Roger Clemens, left a permanent impression.

    “I was a big Paul O’Neill fan and obviously Jeter,” said Harvey, who is 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA.

    Via the Post

    Harvey estimated he attended perhaps “a half dozen” Subway Series games as a fan (venturing to both Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium), although he couldn’t point out any particularly memorable Mets-Yankees clashes he had been at. Harvey, who typically went to the games with his father, said his favorite Yankee was Paul O’Neill.

    “I dreamed of being involved [in the Subway Series],” Harvey said.

    Harvey’s family was all Yankees fans, but he said things have changed.

    “They’re all Mets fans now,” he said.

    Does he have an idea of the importance of the rivalry to New York?

    “I was from Connecticut,” Harvey said, “and it [still] meant a lot.”

    Via the Daily News

    Harvey grew up a Yankee fan in Mystic, Conn. A huge fan of Paul O’Neill, in fact. Harvey admitted he went to a Subway Series game or two wearing a Yankees’ cap.

    Monday, as the face of the Mets, Harvey claimed that even back then when he was dreaming of being a part of a Subway Series game, he never cared which uniform he would wear.

    “I am happy to be in the big leagues, no matter where it is,” Harvey said. “I am happy to be in New York. The past is the past, I am a New York Mets fan now.”

    And, via the Star-Ledger

    Matt Harvey was eight years old when the Mets and Yankees established the annual modern-day Subway Series in 1997. Through his high school years, Harvey and his father would make the nearly two-hour drive from Mystic, Conn., to either Shea Stadium or the old Yankee Stadium about a half-dozen times.

    He and his father, Ed, preferred Shea Stadium. The atmosphere, he said, was electric. The tickets were cheaper. But they weren’t Mets fans.

    In Mystic, a seaport town nestled in southeast Connecticut, allegiances are split evenly between the Yankees and Red Sox. The Harveys chose the Yankees. Harvey’s favorite player was Yankees outfielder Paul O’Neill. He wore a Yankees cap to the rivalry games.

    It’s hard not to like a Paul O’Neill fan…

    Comments on Matt Harvey & His Yankees Fandom

    1. redbug
      May 28th, 2013 | 6:53 pm

      What a thrill for this young man and his family. It’s a shame O’Neill isn’t broadcasting this series.

    2. May 28th, 2013 | 8:14 pm

      redbug wrote:

      It’s a shame O’Neill isn’t broadcasting this series.

      That would have been a nice interview to see happen…

    3. 77yankees
      May 28th, 2013 | 9:15 pm

      Let’s hope the Mets don’t find a way to screw this kid up, because he could be the face of the franchise the next ten years where Doc & Darryl failed.

    4. LMJ229
      May 28th, 2013 | 9:34 pm

      I think Paulie should reach out to him to extol the value of signing with the Yankees.

    5. MJ Recanati
      May 29th, 2013 | 7:33 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      I think Paulie should reach out to him to extol the value of signing with the Yankees.

      By the time Harvey’s a free agent, his arm will be used up.

    6. redbug
      May 29th, 2013 | 4:35 pm

      After watching him for the 1st time last night I can see why he like O’Neill so much – they both show their frustration. I enjoyed him.

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