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Apparently, Matt Harvey needs to “snap a lid on his mouth”

May 22, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

Matt Harvey Naked

That’s not my view. That’s the view of CBS New York columnist Jason Keidel, who takes Matt Harvey to task for all of the awful things he’s done. Like, um, jokingly flashing a middle finger at his mom in a picture, like a lot of people have done. Or posing nude in Sports Illustrated like a lot of other athletes have done. Or for having a girlfriend and being seen in public with her.

Darn, I feel like after reading all of the bile Keidel spewed at Harvey in that column that there had to be more, but I guess not. That’s the sum total of his transgressions. But believe you me, they’re enough to warrant Keidel telling Harvey to straighten up and, more importantly, shut up:

Harvey is already wearing us out. Between the middle-digit tweet, the talk of no Tommy John when they first found the torn ligament in his golden arm, posing for nude photos for ESPN and the perfunctory, courtside Barbie doll on his arm at every game, he’s making way more noise in the stands than on the diamond.

Harvey sparkles on the diamond — where he belongs — but not in the media, the front row or the operating table.

Do your slicing on the mound. We don’t need to hear from you now, particularly that you think you can start six or seven games this year, when you need to wait until next year. Unless Harvey got his medical degree during the offseason, he shouldn’t go all James Andrews on us . . .And if he has an ounce of sense in his skull he will snap a lid on his mouth.

The whole column is Keidel telling Harvey to shut up. Which is great considering I can’t for the life of me think of a single controversial thing Harvey has actually said.

That’d be great enough, but it’s even better when Keidel says that Harvey should adopt the humble off-the-field demeanor (though obviously not the habits) of Doc Gooden. And that he should learn from Miguel Cabrera, who was once trouble but not a model citizen. Yes, really, Keidel is arguing that a polite drug addict and a reformed domestic abuser/drunk driver have life lessons for him. Because, obviously, what Harvey has done is just like that stuff. Or, at the very least, that being open and obvious about having a girlfriend and flying the occasional bird in a photo is worse than secretly being a drug addict.

Anyway, this is obviously clownshoes stuff. A guy in the media ranting on about how players shouldn’t be human and shouldn’t do things that force — literally force — people to write gossip items and hand-wringing columns like this.

  1. hittfamily - May 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    And when he goes to social functions, he should be more like Josh Lueke, and get to know the people.

    • rmalmstrom - May 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      I don’t normally post, but this made me laugh. Well done.

    • jfk69 - May 22, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Harvey angling for reality show in case surgery fails and or career is short lived. Substitute game show host could keep his flapping gums busy for a while.

      • jfk69 - May 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        On the hand…Sport writers and hack bloggers rejoice at Harvey proclamations.
        Has been befriended many times on facebook. Twitter tweets followed hourly as a confirmed news source on a slow news day

  2. thetoolsofignorance - May 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I am pretty tired of old bitter people who’ve no doubt bade a complete mess of their own lives telling young people to shut up, grow up and act a certain undefinable way. It strikes me that the people saying this sort of thing the loudest are the people most likely to need to grow up & shut up.

    • 4cornersfan - May 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      And I am tired of people complaining about “old, bitter people,” when there are plenty of young, bitter people to complain about.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        I’m old. I dislike the behavior of my contemporaries far more than that of the youngsters. we should know better

  3. sdelmonte - May 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    He’s said one stupid thing. Many times. That he plans to pitch again this season. All the rest of it? It’s silly and a bit immature and I don’t care for it, but he’s not my kid and he’s like thousands of others who come here and party down. The insistence he’s going to pitch that soon? Not something I want to hear. I really hope someone – another pitcher, maybe – can talk some sense into him.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - May 23, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      No one has to “talk sense into him”. The Mets just won’t activate him. Problem solved. Who cares what he wants?

  4. dluxxx - May 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    But think of the children, Craig. What about the children?

    • Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Speaking of which, have you checked the children?

  5. bdunker - May 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    “snap a lid on his mouth”
    Calcaterra, after what a fool you made yourself out to be with you Norman Rockwell comment I think you need to take your own advise.

    • blackandbluedivision - May 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM


    • dluxxx - May 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      You know what? I actually didn’t even bother reading the Norman Rockwell post today until I read your comment. You know why? Because I don’t give 2 effs about Norman Rockwell. Or at least I didn’t until I read that post.

      Now that I’ve been educated by all the HBT posters about how those were real people and Craig insulted every single one of them and their families, I have a different world view on Rockwell. And that is this: He’s a monster. If all those paintings of people he did are real, then he was a child pornographer. All those bare butts and kids on the toilet? Sick. We need to ban and burn Rockwell’s works from the record and erase his sickness from our society.

      Or, I guess we could continue to assume that these are just little caricatures and pieces of Americana and that Craig was poking fun at it. I guess that’s up to everyone else to decide, but if *I* were one to get so easily offended by a post such as that one, I’d be screaming holy hell about the child pornographer Norman Rockwell long before I worried about little ‘Ole Craig…

      • clemente2 - May 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        Loved this…exactly.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 22, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      It was Tom Yawkey who made a mess of the Red Sox image and legacy. its understandable if a person is reminded of that when they see an image depicting those times so I think you can get down off your sanctimonious high horse now

    • kalinedrive - May 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Pssst… bdunker… (whispering)… Calcaterra wasn’t the one who said “snap a lid on his mouth” so your remark “I think you need to take your own advise [sic]” is actually rather nonsensical. You see, it was Jason Keidel’s advice that Craig was discussing. Perhaps when you grow up you will be able to comprehend a complete sentence instead of just a few words.

    • 4cornersfan - May 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      “your” Norman Rockwell…

  6. mikhelb - May 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    …but… he didn’t lie when he wrote that Harvey has made more noise off the field than on the field.

    • blackandbluedivision - May 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      That’s the media’s fault.

      • gloccamorra - May 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        I thought it was because he can’t pitch after TJ surgery.

  7. echech88 - May 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Obviously nothing worth writing about for the Mets this year if this is what constitutes as a story over there.

    Last time I checked, Verlander has a way more famous girlfriend whom he is seen in public with all the time and tweets back and forth with for all to see. Yet somehow the Tigers don’t suck.

    Bad teams get derailed by “distractions”. Quality teams have their stuff together enough to handle attention.

  8. neoshweaty - May 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    I remember when he did that Kimmel or Fallon skit where he asked New Yorkers about Matt Harvey and no one had any idea that Matt Harvey was the one asking the questions. He managed to find time to do that and pitch lights out at the time. Injury is the only thing that Harvey needs to worry about.

    Hope he comes back and pitches better than ever.

  9. Jason @ IIATMS - May 22, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Why does the NY MSM suck so much? The Post, Daily News, etc. all are dumpsters of worthless diatribe. I know they have to sell paper, but they do a crappy job speaking FOR the fans, choosing rather to yell AT the fans, trying to tell us what to think. And they just suck at it.

    Can’t wait for another Lupica/Mickey Mantle tongue-bath about the “good old days”, nevermind that those grainy guys were just as sketchy (if not moreso) than athletes today.

    Although, it’s been a few days since someone shredded (the absent and quiet) ARod, so there’s still time for new lows to be reached.

    Aim low, MSM.

    • gloccamorra - May 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      We’re talking newspapers here, the dying dead tree media. They’ve been losing readers and advertising, and tossing out writers right and left. Those who remain, like this guy, have lost friends and colleagues, as well as promotion prospects and job security. He’s about as bitter as the buggy whip makers were a century ago, especially the senior ones too old to move to a career in another industry, or stay in media by going to TV, radio or internet. It’s all so very, very, sad

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - May 23, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      It’s beyond bad. I live in the area, and I haven’t opened the sports section of a local paper in a decade. There’s no reason to. They exist simply to attempt to out shout each other to gain the attention of the 5 people who still buy newspapers. You get better and more up to date info online, and if you’re looking for opinion (which I generally am not, other than here), there are a million better places to find it than from these hacks.

      As for the Harvey criticism, it is not only completely absurd, but it’s totally disingenuous. The last thing in the world Keidel wants or needs is for the athletes he writes about to shut and not attract attention to themselves. Whatever would he write about then?

  10. Carl Hancock - May 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Have you seen how Cabrera carries himself? Sure he had an issue stemming from alcohol use. But the guy has turned himself around. When you see him at games he’s always got a giant smile on his face. He’s great with people. Hew even shaking hands with kids while walking to the ondeck circle. He’s not an off the field distraction. And that is the source writers entire point. I honestly haven’t looked at who authored this post as the iPad app comment UI is overlapping it but I’m guessing its Craig, who always has to send anyone who’s taking flack from media and fans. I’ll see if I’m right after I submit this.

    • paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Issues? He threatened to kill everyone in a bar. He was so loaded that he wound up on the side of the road with a bottle in his hand, which he offered to the officers that responded (not to surrender it, he was offering them a drink)….and he beat his significant other.

      The fact that Cabrera smiles and is affable at games now is nice, I hope he has turned things around….but Harvey has never been anything but great with fans either. The point is that Harvey has committed zero actual infractions in society…hasn’t beaten any women in his life, hasn’t threatened to kill anyone, or risked the lives of others by driving while completely smashed. By any measure, he is already leading his life better than Cabrera did at a similar age.

      Therefore, Cabrera is a horrible example to point to as an example for improvement.

    • echech88 - May 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      Pretty sure Cabrera getting pulled over–hammered–with an open bottle of liquor in the passenger seat is 100000000000000000000x worse than Matt Harvey dating “barbies”.


  11. Carl Hancock - May 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Yep I was right LOL.

  12. seanwasamarine - May 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    I tried to find the point of this story, but no such luck.

  13. prideonice - May 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I just hope he is able to continue to honor Qualcomm.

  14. jfk69 - May 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Yes I always love listening to a rookie pitcher who hasn’t done squat.plays for the Mets and whom the media has anointed the second coming of Cy Young.
    Matt. How is that reconstructive surgery going? I am sorry but Kim Kardashian is getting married. Give it a year. You’ll get your chance.

  15. chill1184 - May 22, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Got to love how this clown is another scumbag Yankee writer (is that redundant?). Quite pathetic how this mental midget cares about what a Met pitcher is doing.

  16. kev86 - May 22, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Would this clown tell Harvey to shut his mouth to his face?

    • thebadguyswon - May 23, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Gonna go with “negative.”

  17. Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    I do think it would be courteous of Harvey to stop showing up with beautiful women on his arm all the time. It’s clearly having a destructive impact on Jason Keidel’s ego. How about showing up with Jan Brewer once in a while?

    • nsauser - May 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Hey, leave Brewer out of this. If she were here she’d probably wag her finger in your face! You should be glad that her husband Bernie is up in Milwaukee for the summer or he’d probably want a piece of you!

  18. doctornature - May 22, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    For some reason this made me think of the column Skip Bayless (Then of the Dallas Morning News) wrote after Larry Bird would not grant him an interview after a game in college (I think…it was before the Nba Draft if I remember right

    Bayless said Bird “Would Never make it in the NBA”

    Gotta love the genius that is little Skippy lol.

    I have never read this writer and now, Craig has saved me the trouble of ever having to. What a doosh!

  19. thebadguyswon - May 23, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    If he’s wearing the New York media out, that’s a GOOD thing.

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