Steve Phillips: Matt Harvey’s Attendance At Derek Jeter’s Final Home Game ‘Inappropriate’

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees leaves the field after his last career game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Let’s say you called out sick from work last Thursday, and then your boss saw you on the jumbotron at Derek Jeter’s last home game at Yankee Stadium. He probably wouldn’t be too happy, right? Well, that’s kind of how Mad Dog Sports Radio host and former New York Mets general manager Steve Phillips felt about Matt Harvey’s attendance at the Yankees-Orioles game.

Friday on SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio, Nicole Zaloumis asked Phillips for his take on Harvey, who is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, opting to attend the Yankees game while his Mets were playing a doubleheader in Washington.

“Completely inappropriate,” Phillips said. “His team is playing a day-night doubleheader. And if he’s not with his team in Washington, then he should be at home watching his team on TV, and not at a Yankee game. I think this is no different than Troy Tulowitzki going to see a doctor in Philadelphia, then shooting up the turnpike to see Jeter play as well. It’s not appropriate.”

Phillips took it a step further, questioning Harvey’s dedication to the Mets franchise on a larger level.

“It seems like Matt Harvey wants to do anything but be a Met,” Phillips said. “He fights them and battles them at every turn … There’s an issue there with Harvey, and at some point they’re gonna really butt heads and lock horns between the Mets and him.”

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