Not too long ago, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Gerrit Cole were the ones picking up the extra balls and getting pranked into paying the pricey checks.
Most teams have played around 81 games by now, so the baseball season is half over. It’s a good time to assess which players on your team are likely to decline—and thus give you a chance to trade them to a desperate owner that doesn’t know any better. Likewise, you can scour league rosters for those players who have underachieved and smile all the way to October when they have superb second halves.
“I’ve had problems with my left knee before — I’ve had surgery on it,” Harper said. “So you know, it was definitely really scary.”
A little over a quarter of the season has been played, which means it’s time to hand out some early season awards.
“I don’t think 40,000 people came to see him ump tonight.”
Bryce Harper hit three home runs in a game for the first time and had five RBIs in his finest day with the Nationals, and Washington beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 Wednesday for their third straight series win.
Tuesday afternoon it was announced that the former Tigers’ legend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Bryce Harper agreed: He looked as if he was taking his time getting to the ball. That was the plan.
In his description, he says the ball went 340 yards, and I don’t doubt it at all.
For his part, Harper says he didn’t do it on purpose. He was quoted after the game saying, “That’s the last thing on my mind when I’m coming to the plate. I have no idea.”