Watch Ian Desmond react to Matt Williams decision to not pinch run for Adam LaRoche

File under: #Mattitude. And so, even Ian Desmond couldn't figure out why Matt Williams didn't pinch run for Adam LaRoche in the 9th inning with one out representing the tying run in a 2-1 game. Enjoy the Vine (via MASN/MLB.TV) above, in which lip readers can clearly make out Desmond asking "Do you want to pinch run?". Didn't matter anyway - Bryce Harper and...
Via Nationals Enquirer
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper rediscovers his hitting stroke

Throughout Bryce Harper's early, frustrating days back from the disabled list, manager Matt Williams insisted the young slugger's hitting stroke would return at some point. He just needed time and at-bats to find it. Sure enough, it has come together over the last two weeks. In 11 games since the All-Star break, Harper is hitting .353 (12-for-34) with a .476 on-base percentage...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jeff Baker’s walk-off single

Jeff Baker’s walk-off single to Bryce Harper made it clear that the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t the only team in south Florida conjuring up second-half magic. The Miami Marlins trailed the Washington Nationals by six runs after the sixth inning. They rallied with seven runs in the final three innings, including four in the ninth inning. Baker finished off the stunning rally and the...
Via Reading Between The Seams
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Night the Reds offense Put me to sleep at the Ballpark

[Box Score] [] I went down to Cincinnati last night with my buddy Joe to see Bryce Harper take some cuts. I was one of the 38,812 last night in a stadium that seemed packed to the rafters. A stadium that was so very quiet all night long because the Reds collected just four hits and as they so often do when the stadium is a sell-out; they just let down. Jayson Werth...
Via Diamond Hoggers
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper steals a hit away from Reds’ Hamilton

It seems like that Washington Nationals are finally playing at their best. As of last night, the Nats have a 2.5 game lead on the Atlanta Braves with three games in hand. In the sixth inning, Bryce Harper helped keep the Nationals lead at 4-1. Tanner Roark threw a 0-1 fastball to Reds’ outfielder Billy Hamilton. Hamilton drove the ball to left field. Although the ball was tailing...
Via DC Sports-Kings
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper’s diving catch to rob Billy Hamilton of an extra base hit

In the heat of the battle players react off instincts, forgetting about the risk of injury or re-aggravating an injury. That was the case for Washington Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper, who threw caution to the wind for a diving catch to rob Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamilton of an extra-base hit considering Hamilton’s speed. Your browser does not support iframes. Bryce Harper...
Via KCM Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Will Try Anything At This Point

Bryce Harper’s new “stack and jack” batting stance has been working. Since changing to it on July 18, he was 7-for-13 with one of his three home runs of the season coming into last night’s game. But then he decided to add a new wrinkle to it — some sort of batter’s box shuffle. I have no idea what this is; I have never seen anyone do this. It didn’t work, and resulted...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper unveils new "stack and jack" batting stance, hair style

And so, Bryce Harper introduced a new hair style and a new batting stance in his return from the All-Star break. Let's just call the batting stance "stack and jack" and the hair cut "jack and stack" for simplicity. Via Washington Post: Harper returned for the second half with a new batting stance, a change he revealed Friday afternoon during batting practice...
Via Nationals Enquirer
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Tagged Out At 1st Base After Slide Comes Up Short

Out. Very out. — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) July 20, 2014 Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper had what may be the most embarrassing moment of his young career on Sunday. He took a solid leadoff, but his slide came up very, very short. Pretty reminiscent of Willie Mays Hayes. [@MLBGIFs] The post Bryce Harper Tagged Out At 1st Base After Slide Comes Up Short appeared...
Via Diehardsport
12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper Picked Off at First Base, As Slide Comes Up Short

When it comes to Washington Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper everything gets magnified, whether it’s him crashing into the wall at Dodger Stadium or him being benched for not hustling down the first-base line. His aggressive playing style and charismatic ways is loved by many and hated by others. But what happened to him on Sunday will add fuel to the fire for his non-supporters...
Via KCM Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper Does His Best Willie Mays Hayes Impersonation

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is one of the more exciting and explosive players in baseball-but he is still pretty darn young. As a young player that still has plenty to learn he is going to make mistakes. It's expected.What is not expected is for them to be as funny as this attempt to get back to first base after taking a pretty big lead off.via TwitterSuffice...
Via FatManWriting
12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper gets picked off by a mile at first base

Everyone can remember Willy Mays Hays from the movie “Major League.” He was as fast as could be, but an absolute bonehead on the base paths (early in the movie). Well, minus being told that his shoe was untied by the first baseman, Bryce Harper was caught in a similar manner at first base Sunday afternoon. Harper had already been thrown at two previous times, and he walked back...
Via DC Sports-Kings
12 days ago  |  Discuss

With a new & improved stance, Bryce Harper takes K-Rod Deep

It was obvious at one quick glance that something was different about Bryce Harper’s stance this Friday evening in Washington. It almost looks as if he tore a page out of Adam Laroche’s book with his new-look adjustment at the plate. He looks more relaxed and was able to get himself into a hitting position by simplifying his hands; not holding them as high as the past Harper...
Via Diamond Hoggers
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: What if Bryce Harper was a Montreal Expo?

Our 'What if…' Issue is on tablet today and newsstands starting tomorrow @Sportsnet @NextIssueCanada — John Intini (@johnintini) July 16, 2014 What if the Expos never left Montreal to become the Washington Nationals? That’s the question that SportsNet Magazine asks in it’s July 28th edition. The Canadian magazine explores the question...
Via KCM Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper in a Montreal Expos uniform

So, what if the Expos never left Montreal? Up above, a photo of the cover of this month's "What If" issue of SportsNet magazine in Canada, featuring Bryce Harper in an Expos uni. This much we know: if the Expos never left Montreal, Bryce Harper would never have been an Expo. (Photo via @johnintini. See also CSN Washington) Related articles Bryce Harper was...
Via Nationals Enquirer
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper was at the 2014 All Star Game FanFest in Minnesota (on a wall)

And so, only a single Nationals player (Tyler Clippard) represented the team at the All-Star Game in Minnesota Tuesday night. But at least Bryce Harper made it on a wall at FanFest this year? (Photo above via @NatsHR2Win) What a difference a year makes: Last year, Harper hit 24 home runs in the Home Run Derby but lost to Yoennis Cespedes; although his beard and his brother'...
Via Nationals Enquirer
17 days ago  |  Discuss

What is up with Bryce Harper?

Photo Credit: On 30 June, Bryce Harper returned to the Washington Nationals lineup. Since then, here are some stats reflecting his performance: 40 At Bats, 4 runs, 6 hits, 1 double 1 home run, 2 RBI, 5 walks, 16 strikeouts, .150 batting average, .316 OBP, .366 SLG, .682 OPS Even as he’s struggling, the numbers alone don’t tell the story. He’s pressing...
Via DC Sports-Kings
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Zimmermann set for MRI, likely won’t pitch in All-Star Game

Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann left his start Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies with a right biceps injury, and will likely not pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Zimmermann, who had Tommy John surgery in August 2009, left the fourth inning of a 6-2 loss. He will be further evaluated and have an MRI on Saturday. Zimmermann (6-5, 3.03 ERA...
Via Sports-Glory
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper finally got one tonight

Harper’s second home run of 2012 A Friday night in Philadelphia and Bryce Harper is mired in what seems like a one for forever slump. There are whispers that he’s not catching up to fastballs, even some wondering if he has the ever-dreaded ‘diminished skills’ at age 21 from all the injuries. Nothing quiets these fears into a serenity momentarily like a nice bomb to right...
Via Diamond Hoggers
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper: This is SportCenter Commercial

ESPN is continuing to do what they can to make Bryce Harper a perceived superstar. He’s not holding up his end of the bargain, but hopefully that comes along in due time. We like Harper, we like everything he stands for, we believe the talent is there. But we watch him night in and night out and it just isn’t happening. Something is off, and has been since he ran into that wall...
Via Diamond Hoggers
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Shows Off Softer Side In New ‘This Is Sportscenter’ Ad (Video)

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is actually a big softie at heart. Well, at least according to ESPN’s latest “This Is SportsCenter” commercial that debuted Thursday. In the 30-second spot, the intensely competitive, bat-breaking outfielder reveals how his signature smeared eye black came to be. The commercial begins with the 21-year-old watching “Field of Dreams”...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper watches 'Field of Dreams,' weeps in ESPN spot

Bryce Harper has a starring role in ESPN’s latest “This Is SportsCenter” ad, which features Harper getting emotional with anchor Hannah Storm as the two watch Field of Dreams together. It’s not the greatest one we’ve seen – it might not even crack our list of the Top 100 – but it’s still pretty amusing. Check it out. Follow Pete Blackburn on Twitter @PeteBlackburn...
Via Next Impulse Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper's new 'This is SportsCenter' commercial (Video)

At long last, Bryce Harper's new "This is SportsCenter" spot is available, in which Harper cries while watching 'Field of Dreams', causing his eyeblack to run: (More via DC Sports Bog) Related articles Here's Bryce Harper messing with Matt Williams in the dugout Watch Bryce Harper get ejected by Hunter Wendlestat Video: Bryce Harper's...
Via Nationals Enquirer
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Here's Bryce Harper messing with Matt Williams in the dugout

And so, Bryce Harper has no respect for authority, or something. There he is messing with manager Matt Williams in the dugout before Wednesday night's game in Baltimore with the old "tap you on the right shoulder and exit stage left" prank. Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post, one of the biggest Bryce Harper fans around, is probably working on a column about how...
Via Nationals Enquirer
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Bryce Harper not break his bat over his knee (Video)

On Sunday, Bryce Harper attempted to break his bat over his knee after striking out. It didn't work out so well, as seen in the video above. Harper is 4-24 with 10 strikeouts in seven games since returning from the DL. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Matt Williams told the media he believed Harper was showing signs of breaking out of his seven game funk: "He looks better,...
Via Nationals Enquirer
23 days ago  |  Discuss
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