There is a likable quality to Matt Harvey having nothing to do with his pitching.
He speaks with confidence that doesn’t border arrogance. He has a big time arm without the big time attitude. He’s attentive to your questions, and thoughtful and respectful with his answers.
Harvey has a big time future, but doesn’t come across as a big timer. The tip-off is he carries his dirty T-shirt and shorts to the laundry bin instead of leaving them on the floor for the clubhouse attendant.
He’s acutely aware of the expectations, vocalized in the ovation he received Opening Day Monday at Citi Field, second only to David Wright in terms of length and volume.“It was great,’’ Harvey said. “It made me feel very good.’’
Now comes the hard part, living up to the expectations of those in the stands, his teammates behind him in the field, and most of all himself.
“He has a lot going for him,’’ Wright said. “He carries himself well and pitches with confidence. We believe in him.’’