So, this is a picture from my seat at Sunday’s Game in Pittsburgh. This is how close I was to all the action as John Hirschbeck kicked Bryce Harper out of game 3 game against the Pirates. I was closer than the Nats dugout. One thing that was hard to tell from the television coverage is how far Hirschbeck was from Harper. 90 feet down the baseline and all the way on the outfield grass. I give MASN credit for immediately getting the extreme overreaction and thin skin as the umpire kept walking and jawing at him.
I attended the game with my six year old son. I purposely got tickets down the 3rd base line so my son could watch his favorite player and I could tell if Bryce’s injury was noticeably impacting his movement in the field. My son even practiced the line he wrote himself, “Bryce, you are playing nice today.” Bottom line, it is uncalled for and unprofessional for an umpire to engage a player the way Hirschbeck did with Harper. He makes the call and then either stands there or walks away. It is not the ump show. I specifically paid to see Harper on Sunday. He is one of the few players in baseball that has that type of draw. As the yelling on the field was going on, the fine citizens of Pittsburgh ware also yelling inappropriate things to Harper. I had to turn around and tell the man behind me to watch his language; his 10 year old kid seemed embarrassed for him.
Now that I got that out of the way…. I have stated for the last few days that Harper is hurting the team while he recovers from the injury he sustained in the Braves Series. I might have even compared Harper to RG3. Wandy Rodreguez, a lefty, was on the mound and Harper is only batting .161 against lefties this year. With Monday being an off day, I half expected Davey to give him the day off on Sunday, he got it anyway.
- Umpire John Hirschbeck Takes Foul Tip Directly to Groin During Angels-Rangers Game (Video) (nesn.com)
- The Nationals Are The Bryce Harper Show, That Is Not Good (halfstreetheartattack.com)
- Happy Bryce Harper Day (halfstreetheartattack.com)
- Bryce Harper Was Better Than Justin Upton in April (halfstreetheartattack.com)
- Harper leaves game with injury (cbssports.com)
- Bryce Harper departs game with bruised left side (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)