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1. Pregame Intros
Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg each got above-average-sounding ovations, with Harper’s being louder. Gio Gonzalez’ was probably below-average, but he was still smiling, of course.
2. Facial Hair
It seems a lot of baseball players shave their beards up too high on the neck, Gio being one of them. (Nice 1-2-3 inning, BTW.)
3. Strasburg’s Spikes
All grey with a touch of red = pretty sharp. (Strasburg got hit pretty hard, BTW, but lucked into a scoreless inning.)
4. Harper’s Spikes
Glittery gold with a touch of red = not so much.
5. Harper’s ‘Hustle’
Baseball Biebz tagged up from first on a deep fly to left with an eight-run lead in the fifth inning of an All-Star Game. Immediately thereafter, he got in a pickle on a comebacker to the pitcher.
6. Harper’s Boner
Losing a can-of-corn fly ball in the sky during an All-Star Game is pretty embarrassing, sure, but also pretty emblematic of the Bryce Harper Experience.
7. Home-Field Advantage
Thank you, Giants, namely ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The more we see of Bryce Harper in the majors, the more we get the impression he is not such a bad kid after all. Whether you agree with the way he carries himself or not, you’d be lying if you said he doesn’t play the game the right way. And as for carrying himself, the 19-year-old has done a better job of that since joining the Nationals as well.
One of the biggest criticisms...
And so, Bryce Harper walked in his first AB as an All-Star. Oh, and he wore golden cleats. Perfectly fitting.
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Bryce Harper remembered back to Oct. 27, when just 414 fans were at Scottsdale Stadium to watch his Scorpions play the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
Down 7-5, Bryce Harper vowed to teammate Brandon Crawford to hit a game-winning home run.
''I'll drop a bomb and walk off the field, tell them we own this place,'' Harper said. ''I promise you...
Here's a photo of Bryce Harper with George Brett before the All-Star Game tonight. Certainly not as special a moment as Bryce Harper meeting with Frank Robinson on Monday night, but still special nonetheless.
(Photo via @NationalsPR)
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Mike Schmidt wrote a thing about the demise of the All-Star Game, which is fine, because I like Mike Schmidt, and he played in another time, a time in which of course the All-Star Game had more meaning. But I can’t agree with this:
Enter the selection of Bryce Harper as a replacement in this year’s game. First, understand I have a great respect for Harper’s game and his presence...
In what turned out to be a lackluster All-Star Game, the moment of the game may have been a mental lapse by one of the league's brightest young stars.
Mike Napoli hits a lazy flyball to left and it should be an easy play for Harper, right?
Harper loses sight of the ball and Napoli ends up on SECOND after hitting a routine fly.
I know this is just an All-Star game...
Despite sitting in first place in the NL East, the Nats have been steadfast in saying that Stephen Strasburg won't pitch more than 160 innings this year, but the young ace respectfully disagrees.
"Look grandpa! Baseball!"
And so, 19 year old Bryce Harper is apparently glued to 80 40 year old Chipper Jones' side on the top step of the NL dugout during the All-Star Game. That's a good thing.
Interestingly, during his pregame speech to the NL All-Stars Chipper Jones revealed that Harper nearly killed one of his kids with a line drive during BP. Still...
Used to be, a Bryce Harper blossomed in another market, and it was only a matter of time before he would become a Yankee. Old George always had hooks in the water - even if they snagged Steve Trout rather than a Mike Trout - and the baseball world always grimaced and awaited our inevitable signing. But remember: In the movie, when they capture King Kong, they don't bring...
Does it get any better than this video (via CSN Washington.com) of Derek Jeter and ex-Nat Adam Dunn gushing about Bryce Harper? Well, yes, it does. But, still, it's pretty cool to hear Jeter talk about Harper. Dunn, too. Won't be long before Harper hits one up into the third deck at Nationals Park like Dunn used to, you know?
"You know what I like about him...
Important political news, y’all: President Obama is officially on the Nationals bandwagon. And we welcome him with open arms. From Nats Enquirer:
“We were talking about one of the biggest stars right now in Washington, is Bryce Harper, who comes out of Nevada, and I know folks are really proud of him. He’s doing great. And it’s my second favorite team now, after the Chicago...
The All-Star Break is upon us, and until game action starts up again on Friday, we're going to do a brief season in review of the 2012 MLB season thusfar. Our staff has voted on a variety of awards, and we're going to roll them out over the next four days.
The National League Rookie of the Year award is going to be a very polarizing award. Of our seven voters, we had...
Ian Desmond earns All-Star berth but sits out, citing oblique pain. [WT, NJ]
After failed fan vote, Bryce Harper makes All-Star team. [Big League Stew]
Nats prospect Alex Meyer looks sharp in MiLB Futures Game. [Fed Baseball]
P-Nats mascot Unlce Slam goes to 60-day DL with burns. [Big League Stew]
Manny Machado, Dylan Bundy look good in MiLB Futures Game. [Balt. Sun]
The first half of the baseball season has come and gone, and so we pour out some of our malt beverage and bow our heads in silence in honor of the eighty-five or so games that have passed for each team. Or we could just pick some mid-season awards.
THE WHY-DID-THEY-WAIT-SO-LONG-TO-CALL-HIM-UP AWARD (ROOKIES)
American League: Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
National League: Bryce...