Matt Harvey has been tabbed as the starting pitcher for the National League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field.
“What a tremendous year he’s had,” NL manager Bruce Bochy said. “It really wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing in; with the year that he’s had, the impressive numbers that he’s put up, he would have been the starting pitcher.”
Harvey is thrilled with the honor, more so because it means he is now an ace.
“It was a role I wanted to take and something I took pride in,” Harvey said. “Having this opportunity and getting the nod is one step closer. I’m very proud of it, and obviously it’s more drive to keep going and hopefully not make this my last All-Star Game.”
In addition to being proud of Harvey for starting a game on the team’s home field, this is also a bit of sweet revenge for Mets fans who were outraged when R.A. Dickey was snubbed as the starter last year.
Harvey will be the third Mets pitcher to start an All-Star Game — Dwight Gooden did it twice, and Tom Seaver only started one game, surprisingly.