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Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:16 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 10:32 am
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Last year at this time, the Nationals made Bryce Harper the No. 1 overall pick. There was no question he was the top talent available, but there was question about his mental makeup. Or, in other words, people said he was a jerk.

Well, the day before the anniversary of his being drafted, Harper showed exactly why he got labeled as such a jerk, and this time cameras from CSNWashington.com were there to catch it.

Check out this video:

I thought his trot was bad enough -- as apparently did pitcher Zachary Neal, who glared at him as he went around the bases -- before he blew Neal a kiss before crossing home plate. He continued talking as he made his way toward the dugout.

Neal wasn't pitching when Harper came up in eighth -- Michael Ojala was on the mound for Greensboro -- but the Grasshoppers were holding a 3-2 lead, so Harper didn't get drilled. But I don't think anyone would be surprised if Harper finds a baseball between his shoulder blades tonight when the two teams meet again.

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Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

The next time Harper comes to bat....the 1st fast ball should be in Harper's ear!




Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

another angle... who's to say these two (harper and unknown pitcher) didnt like each other from some unknown reason fans dont have privy to? this could just come down to "i dont like you so dont let me get ahold of one".

all im saying is there could be more to it than just "he's a punk for showing him up". Hell, make a better pitch!
 



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

If I understand the article correctly the pitcher glared at him as he circled the bases and the kid responds with a blow kiss and now the media and the fans want to punish him for that. Why are you not punishing the pitcher and bringing up his mistake actually two mistakes. He messed up and Harper hit a bomb off of him, then he wants to glare at Harper for hittting the home run. Harper is suppose to just trot the bases and let the "jerk pitcher" do what he wants. Hell it is a game, the pros and the minors all have eggos and sometimes all of us forget that. The person who started this was the pitcher not the hitter and they are both kids who need to grow up.



Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

How old are you? 8?




Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

How much man juice does he have stored in that come catcher anyway?



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

Ya, bring it on, hit Harper, I promise your best hitter will take a fastball to your face.
What now?
Ohhhh so scary you would throw at Harper. Start a War and put your teammates in danger then.
Teams with Harper will protect him. Don't stare down guys who take you deep
Then harper will be suspended.  Duh.  Don't act like a peacock when you homer.  This isn't ballet.  The scuttlebutt says that Harper's teammates hate him, they wouldn't dosquat for that little piece of trash, much less protect him.  Steroids are whispered as part of his regimen as well, hence the uncontrollable anger and bacne.



Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

Pitchers are a joke, they think they can yell on the mound at the end of innings, fist pump strikeouts, stare hitters down after giving up shots, bean hitters. By ohhhhhhhhh noes, a hitter show any type of excitement and people yammer and cry especially pitchers.




Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher


Ya, bring it on, hit Harper, I promise your best hitter will take a fastball to your face.
What now?
Ohhhh so scary you would throw at Harper. Start a War and put your teammates in danger then.
Teams with Harper will protect him. Don't stare down guys who take you deep.



Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

Definitely a mistake on the part of Harper, opposing pitchers will set the record straight.  Amazing how a success rate of 30% or maybe a little more will make you think you are that good.  And that is only among the eliete players who can actually achieve that.  He shows a lack of respect to the game, but baseball is a humbling game and will knock him on his butt more often then not.  Major league pitchers will not tolerate such activities......  but wait, he isn't in the majors yet.  We will see what the future holds for this kid.  He is a good player, but there are lots of good players who can't hack it in the big leagues.  Good luck!



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

Off base with post...The pitcher was yapping at Harper while he was rounding the bases so Harper simply blew him a kiss for the present he'd just received. I have watched MLB players for years admire their HR's just like that. I am not saying I agree with it but no difference then a pitcher fist pumping after striking a batter out to end the inning.
You should watch the video (or read the article), which shows the pitcher only glared and never said a word.  This nation doesn't have a chance with so many thug-lovers and liars.  You always know someone is wrong when they invoke the two-wrongs-make-a-right argument (but pitchers pump their fists!).  My 5 year old does that, but is learning not to. 


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