April 19, 2013 |
Bryce Harper had a great opening day, homering in his first two at-bats as the Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins, 2-0. To top it off, it was his first major league opening day, making it extra special for him. Many players will save a memento from their first opening day, be it a game ball, cap or jersey. Harper wanted to save his jersey. Something to show the grandkids one day. "This is the jersey I wore when I homered twice..... " Well, the Nationals had different ideas.
June 13, 2012 |
Bryce Harper has Twitter abuzz Wednesday morning. But all the fuss isn't just about the monster game he had Tuesday for the Washington Nationals -- it's about what he said afterward. One line in response to a query from a reporter in Toronto following the Nationals' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays: "That's a clown question, bro. " Harper had just posted his second straight three-hit game -- one that included the longest home run of his young career -- to help the upstart Nationals win their fifth straight game and pull to a four-game lead in the National League East.
May 7, 2012 |
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels freely admits he intentionally hit Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper with a pitch in the first inning of Sunday night's game. “I was trying to hit him,” Hamels said. “I'm not going to deny it.” The move -- and the blunt admission afterward -- is likely to cost Hamels a suspension from Major League Baseball. But at least he had a good reason for plunking the 19-year-old emerging star ... right? “That's something I grew up watching, that's kind of what happened.
May 23, 2012 |
Bryce Harper, the rookie phenom on the once lowly Washington Nationals, will dig into the batter's box and look to exact some more revenge against the Phillies' lefthander Cole Hamels on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. The last meeting of the two ended with Hamels being suspended and Harper rubbing a sore back as the Phillies pitcher “welcomed” the rookie into the league with a 93-mph purpose pitch to the kidneys ( see video above ). After the game, when reporters asked Hamels about the first pitch to the Nationals' right fielder, the pitcher simply said: “I was trying to hit him. I'm not going to deny it. I'm not trying to injure the guy. They're probably not going to like me for it, but I'm not going to say I wasn't trying to do it. I think they understood the message.” And in case you didn't get the message, Hamels continued, “[It's the]
June 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Perhaps no one has been more enamored of Washington Nationals' rookie slugger Bryce Harper than his fellow Nevadan, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid, a great lover of baseball, brings up Harper almost weekly in his press briefings on Capitol Hill, including Tuesday, when, in a display of pop-cultural proficiency, Reid popped off with "That's a clown question, bro" -- Harper's put-down gone viral -- when asked a political question on Capitol Hill. Reid was being questioned about the muted Republican response to President Obama's decision to allow young illegal immigrants a temporary reprieve at deportations, a policy that grew from the Dream Act. Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP presidential nominee, has yet to substantially address the issue, and fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill are largely holding their opinions until he does.
May 7, 2012 |
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has been suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper. "I was trying to hit him," Hamels said after Sunday's game, during which he hit Harper in the back with a pitch in the first inning. "I'm not going to deny it. " Major League Baseball announced the penalty Monday. Hamels also was fined an undisclosed amount. Hamels added, "It's just, 'Welcome to the big leagues.' " Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann hit Hamels in the leg with a first-pitch fastball two innings later.