Matt Harvey: Less NY street cred than you'd think

Matt Harvey is congratulated in the dugout after Matt Harvey is congratulated in the dugout after the second inning of the All-Star Game at Citi Field. (July 16, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Even a day later, Matt Harvey could laugh about his appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,'' in which the pitcher took to the streets of Manhattan with a camera crew. His task: interview unsuspecting fans about himself.

None of the interviewees recognized Harvey, including one who happened to be wearing the pitcher's No. 33.

"That was funny,'' Harvey said. "It was tough because I didn't know what to say at that point: "Well, you're kind of wearing my jersey.' But no, it was a lot of fun. I had a great time.''

Beltran's Hall pass

If Carlos Beltran winds up in Cooperstown, he might be wearing a Mets cap.

"It could be,'' said Beltran, who is hitting .309 with 19 homers for the Cardinals. "I don't know how that works. I don't know how you choose that. But yeah, it could happen.''

The Hall of Fame selects the caps of its inductees.

Beltran hasn't played for the Mets since he was traded to the Giants in 2011 for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. Yet he still identifies with the Mets and his original team, the Royals.

"Here and Kansas City, these are the teams I spent the most time with,'' said Beltran, who spent 61/2 years in both stops. "When you look at my numbers, I think I had better years with the Mets than with the Royals.''

Beltran hit .280 with 149 homers during seven seasons with the Mets. He is a free agent at season's end.

Long Island ties

Pirates closer Jason Grilli, who grew up in Syracuse and went to Seton Hall, has a ton of family living on Long Island (Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh). He was able to get tickets for 15 family members for Tuesday night's's game.

"I had a list of 40,'' Grilli said. "I had to narrow it down. When you see ticket prices what they are . . . To me it's a big celebration, so I got the people here that I thought that I really wanted here and needed here. I would love to have everybody, but I said, 'You know, they sell them on e-Bay and StubHub. Make my life easier.' This is hectic enough as it is with 15 people. But it's great. I'm enjoying the whole experience.''

On his visits to Long Island, Grilli was not a Shea Stadium kind of guy.

"I actually skipped a lot of Monday night classes at Seton Hall to go to Yankee games,'' he said. "I knew my way to Yankee Stadium better.''

A-Rod fan

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who grew up in Miami idolizing Alex Rodriguez, said he is closely following A-Rod's progress in his minor-league rehab stint.

"I've talked to him a couple times,'' Machado said. "He's been saying he's been happy to be back on the field. Obviously, you don't want to see nobody hurt. Nobody wants that. Everybody just wants to see him back.''

Machado, who wears No. 13 as a tribute to Rodriguez, said: "He's been huge. He's helped me a lot, getting myself the right way in the gym and preparing myself in certain ways for the season.''

Another A-Rod fan

Tigers rightfielder Torii Hunter said whatever Alex Rodriguez has done off the field, he still has respect for what he has done on it.

"Oh, yeah,'' Hunter said. "I know how hard this game really is. I don't care what they did or who did or whatever, Barry Bonds, all those guys, still impressive . . . you've still got to hit the ball. Does it help that? No.''

Hunter did add, however, "You won't ever hear about me being linked to any of that stuff . . . I eat red beans and rice and I'm good. It feels good. I'm one of the ones who definitely didn't do it.''

Trout was Phillie fanatic

When Mike Trout said "Mets fans are great,'' it was probably the first time that phrase ever escaped his lips. The Angels phenom and starting leftfielder for the American League grew up a Phillies fan in South Jersey.

"[Chase] Utley, [Jimmy] Rollins,'' he said when asked to name his favorites. "I went to a Double-A game the day before [Ryan] Howard got called up and he hit two home runs. It was pretty cool."

Voices carry

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Tuesday night's's singing lineup: "American Idol'' winner Candice Glover (national anthem); Marc Anthony ("God Bless America'' during seventh-inning stretch); Neil Diamond ("Sweet Caroline'' in middle of eighth inning).

Ties that bind

Conspicuously missing Monday night from Citi Field's out-of-town scoreboard high above leftfield was the result of the 2002 All-Star Game, an embarrassing 7-7 tie because both teams ran out of pitchers. But it was displayed Tuesday nightalongside the rest of the games dating to 1997.

Earlier in the day, commissioner Bud Selig was asked about his All-Star legacy since that 2002 debacle. All these years later, Selig was able to joke about it.

"It happened,'' Selig said. "The fate of Western civilization, by the way, wasn't changed one iota as a result of that tie, lest anybody get too concerned about it.''

The next year, Selig implemented home-field advantage in the World Series to the winner of the All-Star Game, in part to make it a more important obligation for the players. Also, Selig was open to using whatever available means would help the sagging TV ratings.

"Well, that's not unconstitutional or immoral, either,'' Selig said. "When you have a TV partner paying you a lot of money, you like to make them happy. It's worked.''

With Mark Herrmann, David Lennon and Anthony Rieber

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