Major League Baseball’s All-Star game takes place today in New York and it was announced that the youngest pitcher to start since 1988 will be 24-year-old Matt Harvey.
Now, given that Harvey didn’t debut with the Mets until July 26, 2012 — although he was drafted by the team in 2010 — not many people know who the pitcher is — or at least what he looks like. In fact, even if an athlete’s name is relatively well-known, how many of them can walk on the street unnoticed without their more recognizable uniforms?
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” put Harvey out on the streets Monday to talk with New Yorkers about, well, himself. The results were hilarious.
Here are a few of choice quotes from those who answered questions about Harvey without recognizing him (at least at first):
- “Who’s Matt Harvey?”
- “He’s a stud.”
- “I like him. He’s a good pitcher. Kind of saw him naked or so in ESPN in the body issue so it’s kinda weird. [...] He looked OK you know. There’s one where he’s kind of sneaking out of the hotel room. (Harvey whips out the picture). [...] Holy sh** that’s you.”
- If Harvey were standing in front of this guy (below), who claims the pitcher his favorite player, he said he would tell him to “keep being awesome. [...] Wait. Are you Matt Harvey?”
- “I think he’s decent but he hasn’t proved enough. He’s only gone a couple months now.”
Watch the segment:
In case you’re wondering about Harvey’s stats that landed him in a starting position for the National League, he is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and an NL-high 147 strikeouts. He has made 29 major league starts – the fewest for an All-Star starter since Hideo Nomo with 13 in 1995.
His fastball velocity of 95.2 mph is 0.1 mph behind Washington’s Stephen Strasburg, the major league leader this year, according to fangraphs.com.
Harvey throws the hardest slider and curve in the majors, and he ranks second in swinging strikes at 12.7 percent, just behind Texas’ Yu Darvish (13.3) and ahead of Detroit’s Max Scherzer (12.3).
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.