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Harvey still close to Chapel Hill while shining in New York

Posted August 12, 2013
Updated August 13, 2013

— New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is breaking out in 2013 and putting up Cy Young-type numbers in the shadow of the Big Apple.

He was the starter of the All-Star Game in New York and having a career year – at the start of his career. But even with the new-found national attention, the Big League ace is not one to bury his North Carolina roots.

"I think back to that every single day," said former University of North Carolina pitcher Harvey. "The decision I made to go to school, and where I would be if I didn't do that."

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Harvey insisted that at the time, opting to go to UNC wasn’t an easy decision.

In 2008, the Angels had made him a third-round pick out of high school. After weighing the stacks of immediate money with the prospect of an education, the 6-foot-4 righty from New London, Conn., chose Chapel Hill. Looking back on that decision now, Harvey said that the relationships formed with coaches Mike Fox and Scott Forbes, as well as the rest of the staff, remind the 2010 first-rounder he made the right call.

"They've made such an impact on my career, I know they watch every chance they get, and they text me after almost every start," Harvey said. "The respect I have for those guys is pretty indescribable."

There are quite a few adjectives that can describe the Mets fireballer in his first full season in the show – dominant, masterful, promising. The list goes on for Harvey who just last week notched his first ever complete-game shutout.

When it comes to his Alma Mater, where he posted a 22-7 career record, the word allegiant surfaces.

"Obviously, when you go back and walk the campus to now walking the New York City streets, it's pretty crazy," Harvey said. "I'll never forget Chapel Hill and always hopefully call it my home."

It is a home the Cy Young hopeful plans to visit more in the offseason. He said a few football and basketball games are on the docket. But first-thing-first – closing out what has already been a stellar 2013 on the diamond.

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  • StunGunn Aug 13, 2013

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    I know, Toddler, but I'm sure glad he's there now. Can't blame him if he leaves when his contract is up. I've been thinking the same thing about Cam - I'm not sure he'll want to stay a Panther when he has a choice of other teams, and Smitty will probably be getting ready to retire by that time as well, so I can see them both leaving. Hate it, but can't blame a player for wanting to go and play for a more successful team.

  • Toddler10-21 Aug 13, 2013

    Enjoy Mr. Harvey met fans, because he won't stick around when his contract is up unless you start winning. His record should be around 15-1. Lack of run support has hurt him badly.

  • kmorcomeback2 Aug 13, 2013

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    they didnt win.....

  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Aug 13, 2013

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    of course they won, due to the cheating... That's why those wins were vacated...

    33-30...

  • dookiepukie Aug 13, 2013

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    Tell the 2008 amd 2009 dook football teams that UNC didn't win. Their beaten heinies would argue otherwise.

  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Aug 13, 2013

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    Tell that to the 2008 and 2009 UNC football teams...

  • kmorcomeback2 Aug 13, 2013

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    this is news to everybody else.....

  • flagship4ever Aug 13, 2013

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    Indeed, we do.

    Only college team in America to NEVER lose back-to-back games last season.

    Wow. Still the Flagship, no doubt!

  • dookiepukie Aug 13, 2013

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    You're right because UNC wins!

  • kmorcomeback2 Aug 13, 2013

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    atleast i didnt lie about what school i went to

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