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World Series Dreaming:
I unfortunately snoozed through part of last night’s Cubs game with the Washington Nationals because Bryce Harper wasn’t playing. Honestly, who can blame me? Harper is one of the game’s most dynamic and intriguing players, having won NL Rookie of the Year last season (I thought it should’ve been Wade Miley, but I’m not complaining too much because both deserved it) and hitting the tar out of the ball this season while playing stellar defense as always. Most fans may remember Harper as the number one overall pick in 2010, the second in a series of can’t-miss picks by the Nationals during their tank-to-the-top team-building strategy that culminated in a playoff berth last season and a contending team this season (albeit one that is struggling).
As an aside, in 2010, the Cubs drafted Hayden Simpson. Yeah, Chris Sale was off the board, bummer, I know…but Mike Olt was taken in the supplementary round by the Rangers (among other choices), so talent was there to be had. Dammit Cubs. But that’s another story for another day.
Today, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post had a great write-up of Bryce Harper’s swing mechanics. Kilgore is a great follow on Twitter and the story contains a video as well as lots of really sweet graphics showing Harper’s contact rates etc. I think it’s worth your time to check this out.
Also, it got me to thinking about Brett Jackson. As you may know, Brett Jackson has serious issues making contact, as his strikeout rate is atrocious. Jackson’s other tools (defense, baserunning, power) are fine, and he’s an otherwise terrific baseball player. But if he can’t get on base consistently by making contact, he won’t be the impact player he was projected to be, and that sucks. The Cubs have been working with his swing this offseason, and so far the results have been “meh” to say the least. He still strikes out a bunch and hasn’t hit for a good average. From my brief observations it seems like Jackson is getting a lot more pitches in the zone that he can’t catch up to because the scouting reports suggest that he sucks at making contact. Might a gander at this Bryce Harper video help him sort out his issues? Maybe, maybe not. It’s one thing to emulate a swing, it’s a totally different thing to be Bryce Harper. But it probably couldn’t hurt too much.
As for me, I can’t see very well out of my right eye, and I watched the video a couple times and noticed that Harper ***** his head at a more exaggerated angle to put his dominant left-eye more in line with the pitcher. Seems like a good idea. I’m usually more of a slap/bunty type of hitter because I have no power, I just try to hit it somewhere that would be hard to field or hopefully past or just over the heads of the infielders. But because the way Harper swings allows him to make better contact all around, maybe there’s something to what he does that could help me in beer league. I’m going to give it a try.
Hopefully Bryce Harper can play at some point this weekend. He’s been a joy to watch, and I think a lot of us can learn from him…but that hair, wow.
BEST OF MAXIM
In the moments after the Nats' 5-4 win over the Tigers yesterday, a bunch of new Nationals players joined in on Rafael Soriano's ceremonial untucking-of-the-shirt routine: Drew Storen, Ryan Mattheus, Steve Lombardozzi, Kurt Suzuki, possibly Chad Tracy and Gio Gonzalez. Turns out Suzuki didn't untuck voluntarily -- Denard Span did the honors during the postgame handshake...
People asked for it and Bryce Harper delivered.
The Washington Nationals phenom had an ingrown toenail removed Friday and sat out a second consecutive game on Saturday because of it.
But since "the people" asked, Harper tweeted a photo of his bloody toe and a piece of the nail that was removed.
Since everybody wanted to see it! Here it is!hah #Toe #SICK #Graphic twitter...
Up above: Ross Detwiler as seen on TV doing his postgame interview with a Caps 2013 Playoffs rally towel hanging in his locker. Earlier in the day, Detwiler provided thoughts on the Caps-Rangers over at CSNWashington.com.
Nationals 7, Cubs 3: Bryce Harper and his ingrown toenail missing from the lineup, along with Jayson Werth (heading to the DL!), but Ian Desmond provides plenty...
Ho hum, just another fantastic catch by Denard Span, this one in the fifth inning of Friday night's Nats-Cubs game.
Meanwhile, worth your time: this profile on Span connecting with DC in Friday's CQ Rollcall.
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Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper may be young but that doesn’t mean he has the right to conduct himself in irresponsible, potentially dangerous, ways. By all indications, a photo offered up by Harper on Twitter to illustrate the balmy temperature on Friday appeared to be tweeted while he was driving his car at 40 mph. [...]The post Oh dear: Bryce Harper tweets about weather...
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?!? Answer...no one.
However the image of Harper's ingrown toenail makes you feel...
Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper was forced to sit out a game because of a straight up nasty ingrown toenail.
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.
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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...
Dominant early, Stephen Strasburg fell apart after one of Ryan Zimmerman's two errors and wound up dropping his fifth consecutive decision, an 8-2 loss Saturday to the Chicago Cubs, whose starting pitcher, Edwin Jackson, worked into the sixth inning and hit a two-run double for good measure.
Jackson (1-5) retired 12 of Washington's first 13 batters and allowed two runs and...
The Washington Nationals ended their homestand with a defeat in strange fashion. But they'll have the luxury of turning to the dominant Jordan Zimmermann as they try to start off their West Coast swing on the right foot.
Washington begins a 10-game road trip against NL West foes Monday night with the first of three against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Nationals' five-game...
The Washington Nationals won their fifth straight last night as they beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 at Nationals Park, and coupled with the Braves 8-2 loss to the Giants, the Nationals have closed within a game of the National League Eastern Division race. The Braves have held sole possession of first place since April 7.
The Nationals are finally starting to show some Nattitude.
There was excitement early in the Nationals Park stands as Stephen Strasburg faced former teammate Edwin Jackson and the Chicago Cubs. The Nats had won six of their last seven entering Saturday’s contest, and the game started as a pitcher’s duel between the former teammates through four innings. Strasburg had surrendered just one hit.
To start the fifth, he recorded...