Keith Hernandez tried to be a superhero and save the Dark Knight, but to no avail.
The legendary Mets first baseman and SNY color commentator told WFAN’s “Boomer and Gio” show on Wednesday that he reached out to Matt Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, to express concern for the former Mets star and try to steer him back on track.
Boras, who represented Hernandez at the end of his career, had no solutions, though, and seemingly gave up on Harvey.
“I called Scott, I said, ‘Scott, you gotta pull the reins on this guy, because he’s gonna make it tough on himself,'” said Hernandez. “He goes, ‘Keith, I can’t, he’s gonna do — he’s his own guy — he’s gonna do what he’s gonna do.”
Hernandez did not disclose when that conversation took place. He also added that Harvey made a lot of enemies and had a “tough relationship” with GM Sandy Alderson, speculating whether or not he intentionally pitched himself out of town when he was demoted to the bullpen.
“I almost thought when he was pitching, the way I was watching him out of the bullpen that, ‘Gosh, is he pitching himself off this team?'” Hernandez said.
Alderson ultimately shipped Harvey to the Reds last week after he refused a minor-league assignment.
“He was confrontational with Sandy,” he said. “They had a tough relationship. Matt was arrogant and, you know what, you meet the same people on the way up, you meet ’em on the way down, too.”
Hernandez is certainly familiar with the fame and success that comes with playing in New York. He and his 1986 World Series teammates embraced the limelight, but he pointed out if you want to act like a star, you have to perform like one, too.
“You can do all those things if you’re a star player. Steve Carlton did not talk to the press most of his career, in Philadelphia where they’re tough, but 300-something wins they left him alone,” he said. “Perform at a certain level — the highest level if you’re gonna do the things Matt did. I think he put the cart before the horse. I think he wanted to be the next Joe Namath.”
Harvey’s behavior and attitude issues were no secret during his days in Flushing, which in one instance prompted the Mets to suspend him three games last season for failing to show up to a game. But Hernandez ultimately believes Harvey lost his way following his Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery.
Source: Ny Daily News