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Matt Harvey wants to model his dating life after Derek Jeter’s

Matt-Harvey-MetsNew York Mets ace Matt Harvey could be the next big thing in New York. In addition to posting a 7-2 record and a 2.35 ERA in 19 starts this season, Harvey also has a tremendous sense of humor. And it seems like the ladies love him.

Harvey, who has dated this beautiful Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, realizes he is quickly reaching celebrity status in The Big Apple. That lifestyle has been tough for people like Alex Rodriguez to handle, which is why Harvey told Men’s Journal he is trying to emulate New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

“That guy is the model,” Harvey told Men’s Journal. “I mean, first off, let’s just look at the women he’s dated. Obviously, he goes out – he’s meeting these girls somewhere – but you never hear about it. That’s where I want to be.”

Jeter’s ability to avoid headlines off the field given his community standing has been unmatched in professional sports history. He has dated some of the most beautiful actresses and models in the world, yet — like Harvey mentioned — tabloids are hardly ever to come up with enough information to write a story about the future Hall of Famer.

[Related: Matt Harvey screws with New Yorkers on Jimmy Fallon]

Make no mistake about it: Harvey plans to enjoy his life off the baseball diamond and already has his sights set on his first massive contract.

“Yes, I’m gonna go out,” he said. “If I was locked up in my house all week, I don’t know what I’d be like on the baseball field. No matter what, New York is now my home. I could buy a place now, but I’ve gotta wait for that $200 million contract. If I’m going to buy an apartment, it has to be the best apartment in the city.”

Jeter has achieved the impossible, but he has done so by staying out of trouble. Aside from the occasional story about him trading memorabilia for one-night stands, his personal life has remained largely under wraps. Harvey is wise to try to model his personal life after Jeter’s, but it’s probably a lot more work than he expects.

H/T LBS reader David

Matt Harvey and Jimmy Fallon play awesome joke on New Yorkers (Video)

Matt-Harvey-Jimmy-FallonJimmy Fallon used New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey to help him take a page out of Jimmy Kimmel’s book earlier this week, and the results were fantastic. In a similar segment to Kimmel’s “Lie Witness News,” Harvey took to the streets of New York to ask Mets fans for their thoughts on Matt Harvey. As you might expect, many of them failed to realize they were answering Harvey’s questions about Harvey.

The reactions weren’t quite as funny as the ones we saw from these Miami Heat fans last month, but they were pretty priceless. People get nervous when cameras are around, which is why many of them didn’t notice the words “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” written on the microphone. We’re glad they didn’t.

Fantastic effort from Harvey, who did a great job of keeping a straight face and messing with people.

Video via LBS reader David

Clayton Kershaw ‘hurt’ by Bruce Bochy’s comments about All-Star Game starter

clayton-kershawSan Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who is managing the National League squad at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, announced on Monday that Matt Harvey will be starting on the mound for the NL. When speaking to reporters about the decision, Bochy insisted it had nothing to do with the fact that the game is being held in New York.

“It wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing in with the year he’s had,” Bochy said, via the LA Times.

Harvey has pitched tremendously throughout the first half, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.35 ERA and striking out 147 batters. Bochy likely made his comments to make sure Harvey gets enough credit and is not just seen as a pitcher who got the start by default in his home ballpark.

Bochy also pointed out that Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright were candidates to earn the starting job, but his remark about Harvey starting no matter where the game was seemed to upset Kershaw.

“It hurts,” Kershaw said according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. “Yeah, it hurts.”

Kershaw also noted that he found out about the decision while watching TV. The 25-year-old is 8-6 and has posted an incredible 1.98 ERA this season. I doubt anyone would have been surprised if he was named the starter but, again, I think Bochy was just trying to prove he did not give Harvey the honor strictly because the game is at Citi Field.

We’re talking about the All-Star Game here, not Game 1 of the World Series. Bochy certainly wasn’t trying to offend anyone. Fans are probably glad Kershaw cares about the event, but he could afford to lighten up a bit.

Matt Harvey naked in a white bath robe launches dirty memes

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was photographed for ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue, which is due out next week. The second-year pitcher has dominated this season, going 7-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 123 innings. His hot start was enough to make him a person of interest for ESPN’s shoot, and the magazine sent out a tease of what his photos will look like. You can see that tease below:

Though Harvey was covered by the robe in that photo, he will be naked in the magazine.

“It was all hanging out,” Harvey told the New York Post last week. “It won’t be hanging out in the pictures, but I was definitely hanging out during the shoot.”

Harvey already told The Post he plans on taking heat from his teammates for the shoot. I bet he didn’t realize how much heat he’d be taking from the online crowd.

Posing with his “sup girl?” face, Harvey’s tease photo naturally became a meme. Most of them contained strong sexual innuendo. Some are pretty dirty. We’ve posted them below:

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Mets P Matt Harvey reportedly dating SI Swimsuit model Anne Vyalitsyna

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is off to a fantastic start to the 2013 season. He is 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA and has punched out 74 batters in 70 innings. The right-hander has been showing some nasty stuff on the field, but his best achievement may have come off the baseball diamond.

According to Us Weekly, Harvey is dating Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Anne Vyalitsyna. The 24-year-old pitcher and 26-year-old model reportedly met at a New York Rangers game, and Harvey sent out the following tweet not long after they were introduced.

Last Thursday, the couple was reportedly spotted having dinner together in New York City. They also attended another Rangers game together on May 23, which is where the photo you see above was taken. A source told Us Weekly that they are “taking things slow” because of their busy schedules.

Bottom line: beings 24 years old and an up and coming MLB ace ain’t so bad.

ANNE VYALITSYNA PICTURES

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H/T SI Hot Clicks