NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – You can’t touch Matt Harvey on the mound.
And apparently you shouldn’t mess with him off it.
Former Mets reliever Jon Rauch, at an imposing 6-foot-11, targeted Harvey for some old fashioned rookie hazing last season, which ended with the fiery starter threatening “to whip his a–,” according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
Passan’s report goes like this: Harvey was mid-nap in the Mets’ clubhouse when Rauch poured a bucket of ice water on him. Harvey, drenched along with his cell phone, “bounded up and challenged Rauch to a fight. Right there. Right then.”
The huge, tattooed reliever backed down, according to Passan: “(Harvey) would not be a punch line in Rauch’s re-telling. He would not let some mediocre clown play him.”
Rauch went 3-7 with a 3.59 ERA in his lone season with the Mets.
“I’m not gonna discuss it,” Harvey told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday.
Harvey is 6-1 for the Mets this season with a 2.16 ERA and 115 strikeouts.
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