Found May 13, 2013 on Blog So Hard Sports:

Much has been said about Bryce Harper in the beginning of what looks to be a historic career in the making.  In the first 9 games he played, MLB analysts started comparing him to the great number 7, Mickey Mantle. And this year, many have been breaking down the unconventional swing of Bryce Harper and comparing him to the great Babe Ruth. Anyone that knows me knows that I am not one to speculate on the greatness of a player. Also, over my years of playing and training with some of the best minds in baseball I have learned what to look for in a great player. I am by no means an expert or feel like I will ever know anything more then speculation, but I will stake my baseball reputation that Bryce Harper going to save the game of baseball. Bryce Harper plays the game with a passion that can only be compared to that of Pete Rose. He has the grace and talent of the great Mickey Mantle. And may just be the reincarnation of the greatest hitter of all time, Babe Ruth.  These are big words for a player that has only played one full season. I could spit stats and talk about his swing mechanics and crap like that, but that is not the soul of the game. Vin Scully said it best, “Baseball people us stats like drunks use lampposts – for support, not illumination.” To truly understand Bryce Harper and his greatness you must watch Bryce Harper play the game. Not too long ago I was that guy saying Harper needed to “grow up” and play the game like a professional. I could not have been more wrong. I look at myself as someone who calls himself a purist of the game and was very upset with the fact I could even think of changing a player like Harper. When did I forget that playing the game with a chip on your shoulder and a swagger fit for a king wasn’t a bad thing? What I used to call arrogance, I now see as confidence. You can’t play professional sports and be the “great one” without a confidence and belief that you are the one who’s **** don’t stink. But you must be humble enough to take your lickings in stride and keep on moving forward. Harper has proven he is more than capable of this. He went through a 2-month slump last year, but he gritted through it and had a September for the ages. Harper was said to struggle with the off-speed pitch and be over aggressive. This year he is walking more and from what I can see has not struggled with the off-speed pitch much. What do I mean by Harper is going to save baseball? Over years this thing called the steroid era has plagued us.  For a short time, I stopped watching baseball because of this. The game I love, played my whole life and I didn’t want to turn the TV on because I felt they were all liars and cheats. But I starting hearing rumors about this kid who was playing the game with old school class and chip on his shoulder. So I watched again. When I watched Harper play the game, I was kid again. He is the Modern Day Classic I was waiting for. Harper is the player that runs everything out, that turns singles into doubles, and doubles into triples. The player that feels leaving the game without dirt on your uniform means you didn’t play. That feels every play is the play that will change that game. That is never satisfied with losing. That looks to be the greatest but, respects the players of the past, and strives NOT to be like them but better than them. Harper is without question the new breed. He is the player of a new generation of baseball, like Tiger Woods is to golf. Bryce Harper will make baseball a sport that the youth of America wants to play again. The days of Mickey Mantle, Willy Mays, Pete Rose, Ted Williams and Babe Ruth may be over, but I am proud to say the days of Bryce Harper are just getting started. Many will disagree with what I am saying, but Harper gave me back the game I love, and I will always be grateful for that. Related posts: Bryce Harper – Bringing It Was Bryce Harper’s Ejection Justified? The Future Is Now For The Orioles


Bryce Harper felt carsick today, but was most upset about shaving his beard

Up above: Bryce Harper sans beard on Tuesday night, a night after running into that pesky right field wall at Dodger Stadium and getting 11 stitches (which required him to shave his beard). So, how's he feeling? "I feel kind of crappy today. I feel a little carsick, I guess you could say, like the feeling of that. I don’t have a concussion or anything like that...

Video: Senator Harry Reid discusses Bryce Harper running into wall on Senate floor

It's fairly well documented that Senator Harry Reid -- who shares the home state of Nevada with Bryce Harper -- is a big Bryce Harper fan. Exhibit A: Reid invoked Harper's "That's a clown question, bro" line at a press conference last summer. So it should come as no surprise that Reid discussed the injury Harper suffered after running into that wall at Dodger...

Bryce Harper tweets picture of his ingrown toenail after procedure

Bryce Harper missed Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs with an ingrown toenail and became so annoyed at people wondering what it looked like he posted a photo of the gruesome aftermath of a procedure to clip off the offending nail edge. The Washington Nationals outfielder wrote: "Since everyone wanted to see it! Here it is!hah." So this is what it has come down...

Bryce Harper crashes into wall face first, leaves game (Video)

Bryce Harper left Monday’s Los Angeles Dodgers-Washington Nationals game after crashing into the right field wall trying to catch a ball during the fifth inning. Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis led off the bottom of the inning with a drive to right, and the Nationals phenom went face-first into the right field scoreboard trying to make the play. He was bleeding from his face/china after...

UA Spine Highlight Bryce Harper PE “Mother’s Day”

When Under Armour Baseball athlete Bryce Harper takes the field on Sunday for the Washington Nationals against the Chicago Cubs, he'll do so in a "Mother's Day' PE of the UA Spine Highlight. {gallery}uaspinehighlight{/gallery} Follow us on Twitter @mobettershoes. You can follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well. source: nice kicks

Bryce Harper Tweets Picture of Injured Toe

Clearly because he had nothing better to do, Bryce Harper did something Friday night that not even Lord Tweets-a-lot himself Jose Canseco has done...force fed his close to 240,000 Twitter followers a picture of his bloodied big toe. I demand to know...who wanted to see it, dude?  Who?!? one. However the image of Harper's ingrown toenail makes you feel...

What Would Crash Davis Say About Bryce Harper’s Toenail?

I know I’m a little late to the game here talking about Bryce Harper and his ingrown toenail. Honestly, I wasn’t going to say anything about it. But for some reason I was thinking about Bull Durham and what Crash Davis would have to say to Harper. True words of Wisdom. I bet Harper’s shower shoes have fungus on them. If only Harper had a Crash Davis to show him the ropes of...

Where would the Nationals be without Bryce Harper?

After Bryce Harper's injury last night, Nationals fans held their collective breath. Harper is the best player on the team and one of the best in the league, and any serious injury to him would spell trouble for Washington over the rest of the year. Thankfully for the Nationals, Harper avoided serious injury, and should be able to avoid a DL stint. But after this incident and...

Nationals Bryce Harper slams into the outfield wall

During Monday’s night’s match up between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Nationals Bryce Harper suffered an interesting injury chasing down a fly ball. Harper didn’t stop in time and slammed into the outfield wall. A wall that has a digital scoreboard embeded in it.     Yikes. Harper received 11 stitches in his chin for the trouble.   source

Bryce Harper: “I will keep playing this game hard for the rest of my life even if it kills me!”

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was forced to leave Monday night’s game against the Dodgers in the 5th inning after he ran face first into the right field wall.   Harper was chasing after a fly ball from A.J. Ellis and ran directly into the wall without being able to cover his face.  The collision was not an easy one and Harper hit the scoreboard section of the right...

Bryce Harper and the Dodger Stadium Wall

Anyone who has read this blog knows that what I’m about to write about Bryce Harper certainly isn’t because I’m just being a ‘hater’. I was watching live last night when Bryce Harper ran into the wall. I played baseball long enough to know that when I watch that picture above and see the play, I wonder why he doesn’t feel the warning track under him. I wonder why there’s...

Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper Suffers Bruised Shoulder

Outfielder Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals has suffered a left shoulder bruise and is now considered day-to-day. The good news is that the X-rays that he took as a precaution came back negative. The injury is related to him crashing into the right field wall face-first and did require 11 stitches on his chin so it is a little more serious than what it sounds, but still he...

Bryce Harper does not have a concussion

The Washington Nationals Bryce Harper left Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning after he went  face-first into the right field wall at Dodger Stadium.   The worst was feared, as rumors of concussion-like symptoms spread without any confirmed results from the Nationals. Please click here to read/watch this story Video: Bryce Harper slams into right...

Bryce Harper Tweeted His Graphic Toe Injury

Obligatory Bryce Harper image.Bryce Harper is a 20-year old baseball phenom with lucrative endorsement deals, one ********** Mercedes and a lifetime supply of Chipotle. I’ve also been told by strippers that he’s very handsome, but that means very little to me because my mommy tells me I’m the most handsomest man in the world. Regardless, there is very little to feel bad about...

Bryce Harper receives 11 stitches after nasty collision with wall

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