A Celebration Of Matt Harvey, The Perfect Pitcher And Physical Pinnacle Of Mankind

The 24-year-old righty throws smoke, is super intense, and knows how to party. How the hell is he a Met?

1. Matt Harvey is the starting pitcher of the All-Star game in his first full Major League season.

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Drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft, Harvey spent three years at UNC. He was projected as a number two starter; instead, he’s a sick, sick ace.

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2. He repped hard at the All-Star game.

Sure, he got into a little bit of trouble in the first inning, but overall, Harvey pitched two scoreless innings, with 3 K’s — including one on a filthy riding fastball.

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3. His fastball hits 100 mph regularly.

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4. Which makes his curveball a big surprise.

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5. And his slider just a big, steaming bucket of LOL not fair!

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6. Imagine trying to prepare for these pitches? You’re helpless!

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7. Any surprise that he leads the National League with 147 K’s?

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8. Hey, guy can hit a little bit, too.

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9. When he pitches, Mets fans declare it a holiday: Harvey Day!

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10. He’s incredibly tough. Scary tough. Really scary tough.

Imagine this face throwing 100 mph heat at you?

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11. Good god that’s terrifying!

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12. This guy tried to haze him as a rookie. Didn’t work out.

As Yahoo! reported, Jon Rauch, a 6’10” relief pitcher drenched in tattoo ink, dumped a bucket of ice water on Harvey while he was napping. So Harvey, a 23-year-old rookie, got in his face and challenged him to a fight.

Rauch politely declined.

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13. He’s quite aware of his physical prowess.

Harvey didn’t agree to be in the ESPN Magazine Body Issue; he aggressively pushed to be a part of it.

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14. But it doesn’t mean he’s not a willing to lend a helpful hand.

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15. A uniform isn’t the only thing Mr. Harvey can fill out.

An avowed style buff, he hits up all the best men’s shops in Manhattan. And even takes reporters.

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16. He doesn’t play it safe, either

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17. Harvey is a big Rangers fan and now, BFF with star goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

“‘He calls me sometimes and says, ‘Let’s go shopping, teach me some stuff,’” Lundqvist said.

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18. Don’t worry, Matt knows the value of friendship with his own teammates, too.

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19. And has a healthy relationship with Russian supermodel Anne V.

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20. So yeah, it’s pretty easy for the guy to laugh at himself.

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21. Of course, Mets fans are cautious: We’ve had some phenoms before.

Remember Dwight Gooden? Best just remember 1984-88.

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22. How about Generation K?

Sorry to remind you…

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23. Don’t worry; Harvey is excited about the challenge.

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“I love the idea of coming into a struggling franchise and seeing if I can help them win,” he said. “First off, I hate to lose. At anything. Secondly, who doesn’t want to be the guy to help turn something around?”

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