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Some of the Nationals feel that left fielder Bryce Harper plays with a chip on his shoulder, as if he has something to prove.
"To myself, yes," Harper says. "To everyone else, I could care less."
Another theory among certain Nats is that Harper is hell-bent on proving that he is better than the Angels' Mike Trout, with whom he shared headlines last season as Trout won AL Rookie of the Year while Harper took NL honors.
"We made it to the playoffs last year -- that's all I'll say about that one," Harper said.
Trout's club, the Angels, did not make the postseason in 2012 and is off to a 3-8 start, while the Nats are 7-4. Harper is among NL leaders in average (.372), homers (five) and RBI (10), while Trout is hitting .245 with no homers and one RBI.
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Up above, Bryce Harper's new 34/BH logo, which he Tweeted a picture of Friday afternoon. Apparently this is how all of Harper's new Under Armour cleats, gear, etc. will be branded; here's a pic of the cleats, also Tweeted by Harper on Friday:
(Photos by @Bharper3407)
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In terms of athletes associated with the Under Armour brand, the first name that comes to mind is Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.
Back on Friday, Bryce posted the below photo on his Twitter account of the brand new "Bryce Harper" logo that UA produced for his brand:
That's one sexy logo.....
Don't know what it is, but there's something so awesome about Gio Gonzalez setting foot on the hallowed ground of RFK Stadium on Saturday night for the first time for DC United-NY Red Bulls. Even better he seems so excited about it. Photo above via Gio on Instagram, with caption via Gio of "I love this crowd #crunked".
Here's to hoping Gio's ready to go...
"We just got waffled today." (Davey Johnson, via Washington Times, 4/14/2013)
Braves 9, Nationals 0: Swept, crunked, waffled, etc. At least Gio had fun at the DC United game Saturday night.
Woof! Woof! A start worthy of the Pups in the Park promo: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 98 pitches, 58 strikes. Where's Hollywood when we need her?
In what manager Davey Johnson described as “heartbreaking”, Washington Nationals 25 year old catcher Wilson Ramos will be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks with a pulled left hamstring. The injury occurred not from some awkward attempt to spring out of his crouch to throw, but in trying to beat out an infield hit in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Atlanta...
"It’s the same thing that kind of got us last year, and why we didn’t maybe move on. Because we couldn’t close games out both pitching and defense-wise. We need to get better at that and learn from our mistakes." (Ryan Zimmerman, via Washington Times, 4/13/2013)
Braves 6, Nationals 4: Bullpen blows late lead, Zim's poor throw did 'em in (video here...
We'd be remiss if we didn't say *something* about Ryan Zimmerman playing in game #1000 for the Nationals tonight. Through all the ups and downs (and for a while, mostly downs) Zim has been there. And what better way to mark 1,000 games than with a picture of Zim's babyfaced 2005 Topps Rookie Card. Congrats, Zim. Here's to 1000 more.
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In the first series of what promises to be a fierce rivalry this season, the Washington Nationals (7-2) are set to face off against NL East competitor the Atlanta Braves (8-1).
After the Braves finished four games behind the Nationals last year and kept pace with them in a close race toward the division championship, Atlanta is likely to be the Nationals biggest competition this...
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The NL East foes open a three-game series in Miami on Monday night.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Trout hit his first home run of the season and Josh Hamilton also connected, leading C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels over the Houston Astros 4-1 Sunday.
Trout put the Angels ahead for good with his solo homer in the third inning. He also doubled and scored three times.
Hamilton tripled and singled before hitting his second homer of the year,...
At what point does the old axiom "it's early" stop being true? Just when we thought the Angels couldn't sink any lower in this young season, along comes tonight's game. This was the very definition of a mail it in affair. The starting pitching was atrocious again and the hitters had no interest in even being at the plate. More concerning I feel is the overall...