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(Major League Baseball)   Bryce Harper had no excuses to miss last night's game even when sick with the flu. Gets a pre-game IV, vomits in the second inning, felt his head spinning at the plate and goes 4-for-5. Still has no excuses for his haircut   (mlb.mlb.com) divider line 36
    More: Interesting, Bryce Harper, Ricky Nolasco, Denard Span, Davey Johnson, Ryan Zimmerman, Chipper Jones, Marlins, Danny Espinosa  
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2013-04-18 08:33:54 AM
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except his beard is longer and more disheveled now.
 
2013-04-18 08:38:00 AM
here's a good bad hair pic:

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2013-04-18 08:56:35 AM
Clearly, the answer is to put him on a swing count and shut him down right before they start their stretch run to the playoffs.
 
2013-04-18 09:00:38 AM

UNC_Samurai: Clearly, the answer is to put him on a swing count and shut him down right before they start their stretch run to the playoffs.


LOL
 
2013-04-18 09:02:46 AM
Be more impressive if he was facing an MLB team instead of the Marlins.
 
2013-04-18 09:23:12 AM

LucklessWonder: Be more impressive if he was facing an MLB team instead of the Marlins.


Or Ricky nolasco. He already has 8 hits off of him this year? Some people are struggling with that total for the year so far.
 
2013-04-18 09:28:30 AM
1. Marlins

2. I look forward to half the team being sick next week.
 
2013-04-18 09:33:31 AM
As a Phillies fan I want to hate Bryce Harper. I just can't. The dude is a douche, but damn if he doesn't play baseball hard and have a natural gift for the game. I hope he leaves the Nats in a few years so I can openly root for him.
 
2013-04-18 09:44:32 AM

Wettner: As a Phillies fan I want to hate Bryce Harper. I just can't. The dude is a douche, but damn if he doesn't play baseball hard and have a natural gift for the game. I hope he leaves the Nats in a few years so I can openly root for him.


Braves fan here. I like the kid. Yeah, he's cocky. But he's backing it up. All things considered, he is still just a 20 year old kid. God knows I was an asshole at 20.

It will be a shame when he becomes a Yankee, which he will. Then I'll have to loathe him.
 
2013-04-18 09:50:10 AM
Bryce Harper is making me forget all about that fishy kid out west.

/east coast bias!
 
2013-04-18 09:50:16 AM

funktilious_j: Wettner: As a Phillies fan I want to hate Bryce Harper. I just can't. The dude is a douche, but damn if he doesn't play baseball hard and have a natural gift for the game. I hope he leaves the Nats in a few years so I can openly root for him.

Braves fan here. I like the kid. Yeah, he's cocky. But he's backing it up. All things considered, he is still just a 20 year old kid. God knows I was an asshole at 20.

It will be a shame when he becomes a Yankee, which he will. Then I'll have to loathe him.


Yeah, I wouldn't describe as "douchey" as much as just "cocky", which will hopefully be tempered by age.  Everything I read about him makes him sound slike a pretty cool dude who really likes his family and baseball.  Doesn't drink or smoke, nothing has been made public about womanizing (I think he has a long term girlfriend from high school but not 100% sure on that), he signs autographs for fans, works hard both in season and off, and is regarded as a good team mate.  Only real bad mark I ever hear is his cockiness, but damn, dude is playing MLB at 20, with an OPS over 1.000 after a sizeable chunk of the season.

Of course, I am a Nat's fan so take everything I say with a grain of salt.
 
2013-04-18 09:50:44 AM

funktilious_j: Wettner: As a Phillies fan I want to hate Bryce Harper. I just can't. The dude is a douche, but damn if he doesn't play baseball hard and have a natural gift for the game. I hope he leaves the Nats in a few years so I can openly root for him.

Braves fan here. I like the kid. Yeah, he's cocky. But he's backing it up. All things considered, he is still just a 20 year old kid. God knows I was an asshole at 20.

It will be a shame when he becomes a Yankee, which he will. Then I'll have to loathe him.


what makes you think you will be a yankee? i mean im a yankee fan and i like bryce but that thought never crossed my mind
 
2013-04-18 09:55:13 AM

Wettner: As a Phillies fan I want to hate Bryce Harper. I just can't. The dude is a douche, but damn if he doesn't play baseball hard and have a natural gift for the game. I hope he leaves the Nats in a few years so I can openly root for him.


As a White Sox fan, I don't think anyone can hate him. Sure, he's cocky, but he's 20 years old. If you were doing what he has accomplished in such a short time, you'd have pride in it too. He has a lot of natural talent, and a work ethic second to none. Most other players would have called in sick, much less go 4-for-5. I thought Trout would be the better of the 2012 ROTY's, but I now think Harper will surpass his excellence.
 
2013-04-18 09:56:44 AM
I see it's already been addressed in this thread, but the first thing I thought of when I read this headline was, "In other news, a pitcher gave up 4 hits in 5 PAs to a guy with the flu."
 
2013-04-18 10:07:26 AM
"I wanted to play," he said. "My team needed me out there. I thought I could help the team win. I didn't really care if I was sick or not."

Cocky bastard.
 
2013-04-18 10:15:40 AM

Freakin Rican: funktilious_j: Wettner: As a Phillies fan I want to hate Bryce Harper. I just can't. The dude is a douche, but damn if he doesn't play baseball hard and have a natural gift for the game. I hope he leaves the Nats in a few years so I can openly root for him.

Braves fan here. I like the kid. Yeah, he's cocky. But he's backing it up. All things considered, he is still just a 20 year old kid. God knows I was an asshole at 20.

It will be a shame when he becomes a Yankee, which he will. Then I'll have to loathe him.

what makes you think you will be a yankee? i mean im a yankee fan and i like bryce but that thought never crossed my mind


He has been a Yankee's fan his entire life, and since most of his life has been spent trying to become a pro ball player, I imagine, even if he doesn't say it publicly, that his ultimate dream would be to play for the NY Yankees.

I'm hoping the Nats can build a legit dynasty before his contract runs out so we can at least have a shot by selling him on the idea of being THE guy that came in and became the face of the new Winning Nats, a-la Mickey Mantle and DiMaggio (sp) for the Yankees.  If he has a chance to be part of baseball history instead of just another good Yankee, I could see the appeal in that.

Of course, the trick to that whole plan is winning a couple world series titles in a very short span of time...
 
2013-04-18 10:39:16 AM

Freakin Rican: what makes you think you will be a yankee?


That's a clown question, bro.

// because any star player due for a re-up will look to The Bronx for a huge offer
// or their agent will, even if just to juice the bidding
 
2013-04-18 10:51:29 AM

Dr Dreidel: Freakin Rican: what makes you think you will be a yankee?

That's a clown question, bro.

// because any star player due for a re-up will look to The Bronx for a huge offer
// or their agent will, even if just to juice the bidding


i understand that but as weve all seen the last couple of seasons players are not signing with the yanks even if they want them. but my_cat pretty much summed it up. i didnt realize he was a big yankee fan growing up. then i could see him leaving for the yanks no matter what.
 
2013-04-18 11:09:00 AM

Freakin Rican: i understand that


I was just looking for a question mark so I could respond "That's a clown question, bro."
 
2013-04-18 11:17:31 AM
He won't be a Yankee until he gets a 13 year $450 million contract at age 32, at which point he'll immediately have shoulder surgery, be named in a PED probe, and be out of the league at 36.

But good for him when that happens.
 
2013-04-18 11:49:07 AM
JESUS BRYCE! SUPER STAR!
 
2013-04-18 11:51:18 AM

ThatGuyGreg: 1. Marlins

2. I look forward to half the team being sick next week.


Seriously, it was the Marlins, they could have won without him for that series.  Now the team is going to be sick against the Cards next week.  Talk about a Pyrrhic victory.
 
2013-04-18 11:59:55 AM

LucklessWonder: Be more impressive if he was facing an MLB team instead of the Marlins.


Ricky Nolasco is a professional pitcher - he's put up some pretty decent seasons and has K'd 195 one season, went 15-8, 14-9 for middling teams (3.9 WAR, 4.1 WAR).  And Harper's made him look like a punk so far. Of course, he could be done, too.

lunchinlewis: "I wanted to play," he said. "My team needed me out there. I thought I could help the team win. I didn't really care if I was sick or not."

Cocky bastard.


I hate guys that think about their team winning.  Douchebags.
 
2013-04-18 12:21:27 PM

Dr Dreidel: Freakin Rican: i understand that

I was just looking for a question mark so I could respond "That's a clown question, bro."


lol wut?
 
2013-04-18 12:33:02 PM

Freakin Rican: Dr Dreidel: Freakin Rican: i understand that

I was just looking for a question mark so I could respond "That's a clown question, bro."

lol wut?


What a clown question might sound like, bro.
 
2013-04-18 12:48:59 PM

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Yeah, I wouldn't describe as "douchey" as much as just "cocky", which will hopefully be tempered by age. Everything I read about him makes him sound slike a pretty cool dude who really likes his family and baseball. Doesn't drink or smoke, nothing has been made public about womanizing (I think he has a long term girlfriend from high school but not 100% sure on that), he signs autographs for fans, works hard both in season and off, and is regarded as a good team mate. Only real bad mark I ever hear is his cockiness, but damn, dude is playing MLB at 20, with an OPS over 1.000 after a sizeable chunk of the season.


Yup.  If he was bad at baseball, every media mention about him would be about how he runs out popups like his socks were on fire, how he comes up ready to uncork a cannon throw after every routine fly out with a runner on first, etc.  You'd hear "grit" and "gamer" and "#want".

But instead, since he's obviously very good at baseball, it's "cocky".  When Cole Hamels beaned him (intentionally, Hamels later admitted) last year, he didn't weep or charge the mound.  He took his base, moved to third on a single, then stole home like a boss and stared down Hamels.  That's old school, and it made Hamels look like the immature punk.

Someone mentioned last year that he's likely to hurt himself with his take-out slides, and my response was "Just try telling that guy to take it easy."
 
2013-04-18 12:50:20 PM

Dr Dreidel: Freakin Rican: Dr Dreidel: Freakin Rican: i understand that

I was just looking for a question mark so I could respond "That's a clown question, bro."

lol wut?

What a clown question might sound like, bro.


lmao now i get it. perfect
 
2013-04-18 12:53:39 PM

Freakin Rican: lmao now i get it. perfect


It gets better. What a clown question asked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sounds like, bro.
 
2013-04-18 12:55:09 PM

nmrsnr: Freakin Rican: lmao now i get it. perfect

It gets better. What a clown question asked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sounds like, bro.


HA! Amazing.
 
2013-04-18 01:04:31 PM

chimp_ninja: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Yeah, I wouldn't describe as "douchey" as much as just "cocky", which will hopefully be tempered by age. Everything I read about him makes him sound slike a pretty cool dude who really likes his family and baseball. Doesn't drink or smoke, nothing has been made public about womanizing (I think he has a long term girlfriend from high school but not 100% sure on that), he signs autographs for fans, works hard both in season and off, and is regarded as a good team mate. Only real bad mark I ever hear is his cockiness, but damn, dude is playing MLB at 20, with an OPS over 1.000 after a sizeable chunk of the season.

Yup.  If he was bad at baseball, every media mention about him would be about how he runs out popups like his socks were on fire, how he comes up ready to uncork a cannon throw after every routine fly out with a runner on first, etc.  You'd hear "grit" and "gamer" and "#want".

But instead, since he's obviously very good at baseball, it's "cocky".  When Cole Hamels beaned him (intentionally, Hamels later admitted) last year, he didn't weep or charge the mound.  He took his base, moved to third on a single, then stole home like a boss and stared down Hamels.  That's old school, and it made Hamels look like the immature punk.

Someone mentioned last year that he's likely to hurt himself with his take-out slides, and my response was "Just try telling that guy to take it easy."


Washington Post had an interview with Dan Haren this spring training that I found interesting.  He played with Trout last year and Harper this year, so he probably has more insight than most into both players, and he pretty much said they are very very similar people.  Both are ridiculously good players, but they both know it and act like it.  And that is just addressing attitude really, both seem like good guys who will likely stay out of trouble and I bet both end up giving a lot back to various communities.

Harper plays ball hard as hell, and takes pride in the effort he puts in.  And lets face it, rookies (or just young players in general) have a huge uphill battle trying to earn respect in MLB.  Of all the sports (except maybe golf?) players peak at an older age, players enter the league at an average older age, and players have relatively long careers.  Plus, with so many games being played, players see each other a lot more often so word spreads and there is more interaction amongst the players.  He is fighting for respect in a league that won't give it to you until you can string together mulitple seasons at a high level of production.  If he wasn't a little cocky I don't know how he could survive in that kind of environment.
 
2013-04-18 01:04:34 PM

UNC_Samurai: Clearly, the answer is to put him on a swing count and shut him down right before they start their stretch run to the playoffs.


*golfclap*  Well played.
 
2013-04-18 01:07:51 PM

Dr Dreidel: Freakin Rican: what makes you think you will be a yankee?

That's a clown question, bro.

// because any star player due for a re-up will look to The Bronx for a huge offer
// or their agent will, even if just to juice the bidding


Considering his agent's Boras, yeah, it's a safe bet Scott will be running to the Yanks for a monster payday.

Then again, quite happy Cano ditched him for Jay-Z's new sub-division of CAA.  He'll get his money, but it won't have the extra 40% that's usually added in a contract negotiated by Scott Boras.
 
2013-04-18 01:10:46 PM
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Only the flu?  Rookie....
 
2013-04-18 01:13:46 PM
The kid's good, but it's going to take more than that to wash away "Won't sign autographs for kids as a double-A player" douchieness.
 
2013-04-18 01:54:46 PM

nmrsnr: Freakin Rican: lmao now i get it. perfect

It gets better. What a clown question asked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sounds like, bro.


Dr Dreidel: nmrsnr: Freakin Rican: lmao now i get it. perfect

It gets better. What a clown question asked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sounds like, bro.

HA! Amazing.


haha that was funny!
 
2013-04-18 08:10:13 PM
Can somebody please give Matt Kemp the flu? In fact, have the entire team come down with it when somebody is in scoring position. I suppose while other teams were using Spring Training to prepare for the season, they were just dropping Jacksons on the pianos at the Shout House?
 
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