All posts tagged bryce harper

→ Bryce Harper ejected by John Hirschbeck, but he finds his cool later

John Hirschbeck is a disgrace. Major League Baseball should make it clear that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated and fire Hirschbeck.

→ Bryce Harper Gets Hitting Tips from Mickey Mouse

Bryce Harper gets more and more likable by the day. The kid is just wired the right way.

→ Bryce Harper highlights spring opener with juggling circus catch

Baseball is better with Bryce Harper around.

→ Harper with 4 Hit Night against Dickey

So much for that “he can’t hit the knuckleball” thing.

→ Bryce Harper gets under the Cubs’ Skin

In the very first inning, Harper visited the left center field gap at Nationals Park and hustled out his seventh triple of the year, making him the first teenager since Buddy Lewis of the Washington Senators back in 1936 to reach that number in a single season. That’s a very cool achievement, but it would be quickly overshadowed just one batter later as Ryan Zimmerman hit a soft two-hopper back to the pitcher.

Now, unless the bases are loaded or a special play has been called from the bench, a comebacker will usually freeze the runner on third. That was also the case here with Harper. But unlike most runners you’ll see in that situation, Harper didn’t immediately retreat to the base. He simply bided his time, measured the situation and then broke for the plate as the throw to first was made. That paid off for Washington as Harper beat the return throw home to score their first run.

I was in DC this past weekend and saw Harper in person. His speed and hustle are impressive. Of course, the Cubs did not enjoy the fact that he made them looks like fools and they retaliated by throwing at him later in the game. To his credit, Harper remained mostly calm during the various “brawls”1 that occurred.

  1. They were traditional “baseball brawls” where dugouts clear and bullpen guys run out, but nothing really happens. 

→ Harper Joins the NL All-Star Team

Love him or hate him, this makes the game more entertaining.

That’s a Clown Question Bro!

Harper coins a new signature phrase.

The Sox versus Harper and Strasburg

Over the Monster has a solid write-up previewing this weekend’s series between the Red Sox and the Washington Nationals. The series features some of the most exciting young players in baseball, Strasburg and Harper for the Nationals and Nava1 and Middlebrooks for the Sox. Should be a fun weekend.

  1. Okay, Nava as one of the “most exciting young players in baseball” might be a stretch.