Following last night’s game, Davey Johnson told reporters that he planned to give Bryce Harper the weekend off in an effort to get Harper on track and out of an 0-for-18 funk.
Harper wasn’t a fan of that idea, and sent a text message to his manager last night.
“Play me or trade me,” the text message read.
“Since trading’s out of the question, I guess I’m gonna play him,” the Nationals’ skipper said today, with a laugh.
Haha. Everyone is laughing. Harper is “gamer”. Davey Johnson is a lovable “players manager”.
But haven’t we seen this before? Back in April, Jayson Werth hurt his hamstring. Allegedly, he sent Davey Johnson a text message saying–you guessed it–“play me or trade me”.
Well, it was too soon. Werth hurt his hamstring again, and it required a DL stint.
Last night, when I heard Davey was resting Harper for two days, not one, I thought one thing: “injured”. Star players don’t “rest” two days in a row, unless they’re hurt.
Let’s hope I’m not right. Because Bryce is playing today.