Bryce Harper Hates Getting Hit in The Leg, Bro! (VIDEOS)

Did you see Bryce Harper crush this home run in his second at-bat last night?

When you have an at-bat that looks like that, followed by a slower-than-usual home run trot against a division rival, there’s a good chance your next at-bat could look like this.

If you’re a fan of the Atlanta Braves, or you particularly loathe the young talent of Bryce Harper, you might think the second-year player got what was coming to him. After all, he did watch his home run leave the park, and then ran the diamond in a whopping 23.66 seconds, which is much slower than his average trot of 18.73 seconds.

And if you think Harper got what was coming to him, then you probably think he overreacted to being hit by the pitch, has a big mouth and should have someone shut it for him when he opens it.

On the other hand, if you’re a Washington Nationals fan, you’ve also got a solid argument. Harper hit the home run in his home stadium, the fans were going nuts and he had every right to give them the show they paid to see. Sure, he was probably making a statement to Justin Upton that he didn’t appreciate the pageantry following Upton’s home run one night earlier.

When Harper was plunked — by an absurdly hard fastball, right in the meat of the thigh — he took exception to it, and decided to voice his frustration. Let’s face it, he could have charged Julio Teheran, and had he done so, would have had a decided physical advantage. Instead, he yelled a bit and took his base.

And what’s up with Brian McCann? He certainly looked like he was ready to throw down, didn’t he?

Now, if you’re in neither category, which is where I find myself, you can factually state that Justin Upton’s home run trot from the previous night was nearly four seconds longer than Harper’s trip around the bases. And did the Nationals chose to bean Upton in his first plate appearance? Nah. Why would they?

Being a fan of neither team, I don’t understand all the Bryce Harper disdain. The kid plays hard, he hustles and he’s 20 years old. Sure, he’s got a mouth on him, but that’s who he is. I don’t think that’s going to change a lot as he gets older. In fact, I’d argue that if he were older, people would find his mouth and sense of humor to be “refreshing for a veteran player.”

I’ve heard it time and time again: Harper needs to have more respect for the game, his opponents and baseball’s veteran players. Former Braves third baseman Larry “Chipper” Jones suggested such with a few tweets while watching the game from home.

 

 

Thanks for the insight, Larry.

Honestly, if I have to hear another baseball veteran from this era (retired or active) speak about respect for the game, I think I’m gonna puke. Jones’ generation is the very one that helped usher in the next level of PED use.

In fairness to Chipper, he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer who did it the right way, but he should refrain from going overboard. It was less than a year ago that he played in his final game — a contest that featured his home fans hurling trash, beer bottles, hats, balls and their lack of class onto the field  because of a blown call against the St. Louis Cardinals.

I certainly didn’t have any plans to watch a game in this series, but when 7:05 EDT rolls around on Wednesday, it might be worth a quick tune-in.

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