Matt Harvey did a bit for Jimmy Fallon’s show in anticipation of Harvey starting the All-Star Game in Citi Field, his home park. Harvey, the Mets young ace and one of the few bright spots in another lackluster season went around New York asking people, some of them in Mets garb, what they thought about…Matt Harvey.
“The starter for the All-Star Game has just been announced, it’s New York Mets own Matt Harvey!” Fallon announced to a big applause for his New York audience. While New Yorkers have learned the name Matt Harvey in his half season of dominance this year, many of them have not yet learned his face, as Harvey and the Fallon team proved.
Posing as someone doing man-on-the-street interviews for the Fallon show, Harvey asked New Yorkers who their favorite Met was, who should start the All-Star game and what they thought about Matt Harvey.
“He’s a stud,” said more than one.
“I kinda saw him naked in the ESPN the body issue,” said one guy, who didn’t seem displeased by this. Harvey had the picture ready (the Fallon folks were well-prepared apparently). “Wait that’s you!” said the interviewee. “Why would you do this?”
“Oh, Harvey man!” said a lifelong Mets fan asked who is favorite player was. He turned around to show that he was wearing a Harvey jersey.
“If he were standing here right now, what advice would you give him?” asked Harvey.
“I would say just keep being awesome,” said the fan. And then it finally dawns on him who he is talking to.
After finding a bunch of big fans, Harvey stumbles on a skeptic: a smarmy, well-groomed kid, who called Harvey “decent,” but “unproven.” The kid, rather than the “keep being awesome,” of the other fans, told Harvey to not blow his arm out, don’t throw over 100 pitches in a start and not pitch too many innings this year. If Harvey follows his advice, it will help him become an even bigger gazillionaire than he’s already going to be. The kid also guessed that Clayton Kershaw, a proven ace, would start the All-Star Game. He was a little freaked out when Harvey revealed who he was.
This is Harvey’s first full season, and as a rising star, he is only just starting to do stuff like this appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show that will make him recognizable. For now he can have fun with his anonymity.