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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
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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: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:29 am
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

Much ado about nothing. Most have no idea about the trash talking and such that goes on that we never see. I never get over how poor CBS is at attempting to create news. What's next? You gonna tell us he stiffed a waitress at Denny's?



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:23 am
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

That's why the Nats are not rushing this kid.  Childish move, yes.  But remember, this kid is only 18.  He may make High A Potomac at some point this year and maybe a cup of coffee in 2012.  But doubt he's full time with the big club until 20103.  Of course patience is not something DC fans are know for.  Right, Donovan?



Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:11 am
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

While he may be a jerk for sending that kiss - we have NO IDEA what the pitcher may have said or did.

In all honesty, if this is as bad as it gets with this kid - not bad.

I guess we'll see... 



Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:54 am
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

I'm far from a Nationals or Bryce Harper fan, but give the kid a break.  Like chilzilla said, there may be more to this than him just being a jerk.  Besides, he is still in the bottom of the minor leagues.  Most of his competition is either washed up, or not made for the big leagues.  If they want to stare him down for doing a little trot, they can handle a kiss blown their way.

But, at the end of the day, it's just another CBSsports blogger blowing something way out of proportion.

Way to go, Rosecrans.  Gotta make a name for yourself some how.  Great "journalism".  Hope that $50,000 degree was worth posting horsesheet for a living.





Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:43 am
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

I think playing for the Nationals is punishment enough.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:30 am
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

Maybe they are dating



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:28 am
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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:18 am
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

That little tool better have good reflexes, because the first pitch he sees tonight should be face.  Either duck or break some facial bones.  What an ass.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:15 am
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

Karma will return the kiss....more then likely in the ribs! The pitcher probably said something to him bc he was acting like a Pujols admiring the HR at the batters box before he started his HR trot. A punk that has much moe to learn!



Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:38 am
 

Harper blows a kiss to opposing pitcher

I bet if someone really looked into it, Neal and Harper are buttin heads off the field. Neal said something to Harper and Harper exacted his revenge. The trot and kiss... childish! A wink and a smile works better. Or maybe, the fact that you just took him yard. Toughin up that rib cage, its gonna hurt alot more in the majors. All the same though. If you got a pitcher shootin his mouth off... Gotta feel good to take him out and shut him up.


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