Matt Harvey is going to keep doing Matt Harvey and he doesn't plan on changing that any time soon.
The Mets' ace, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, has been at odds with the team over his rehab location. Harvey wants to stay in New York, while the Mets would prefer him to work out in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The two sides have come to a compromise, but Harvey still sounded miffed when asked about the news he has made off the field this season.
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"I guess having a life outside of baseball is sometimes not OK," Harvey said Thursday during a Delta Dugout event at the MLB Fan Cave in Manhattan. "I just live my life. I enjoy going to Rangers games, I enjoy going to Knicks games. I'm a big sports fan. Obviously going to games is something that I'm not going to change doing."
Harvey has been allowed to rehab in New York when the team is home. But when the Mets are on the road, he is supposed to train in Florida. Last month, he was spotted at a Knicks game with British model Asha Leo during a Mets road trip, but it was much ado about nothing -- it was a Sunday and all players were off.
The 25-year-old righthander better get his fill of Rangers playoff games now, because he'll likely be in Port St. Lucie for the majority of the summer, perhaps starting as early as next month. Harvey needs to face live batters and that's not something he'll be able to do in New York. He has no problem with advancing his rehab down in Florida.
"Obviously, I'm not going to come up to Citi Field and ask David Wright to take some extra batting practice off me while I'm trying to find the strike zone," Harvey said.
In further non-baseball news, Harvey deleted his Twitter account last month after posting a picture of himself holding up the middle finger. Mets officials asked him to remove the photo and he ended up nixing his Twitter account completely. Harvey said he has not missed the social media service.
In the wake of some minor controversies, Harvey said he's primarily concerned with how his teammates view him.
Said Harvey: "Being a good teammate, being a good friend is most important to me."