Bryce Harper will play hard even if it kills him, unless he’s playing in Hagerstown

Players who respect the game don’t talk about not being too focused and wanting to leave their team.

Washington Nationals 20-year-old phenom Bryce Harper took to the Twitterverse Tuesday to comment on Monday night’s attack on the Dodgers Stadium out-of-town scoreboard with his chin.

This is what he Tweeted on Twitter:

Take that players who choose to play safely and sanely, players who heed the warning presented to them by the existence of the warning track under their feet, or as Harper probably calls it, the go even faster track.

Harper plays baseball hard? Harper will never stop playing hard, even if it kills him? Harper respects the game?

Those are some strange statements coming from someone who admitted in an interview to not being too focused his last 20 games while playing here in Hagerstown because he didn’t want to be here. “Not too focused” and “wanting to get out of there” are the polar opposites of playing hard to the point of death. They’re also the polar opposites of someone who respects the game. Players who respect the game don’t talk about not being focused and wanting to leave the team they play for.

At least the smart ones don’t. Then again, smart players don’t run full speed into the out-of-town scoreboard, resulting in an injury that requires stitches and time away from the game they claim to respect. Smart players don’t do something stupid and then pretend they did something to be admired.

Speaking of stupid, why are the Nats claiming Harper didn’t suffer a concussion Monday night? It’s hard to watch the video of the incident and believe that Harper’s brain wasn’t concussed, even a little bit.

Bryce Harper learns the purpose of the warning track

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper slammed into the outfield fence at Dodgers Stadium last night in Los Angeles trying to make a play on a fly ball off the bat of Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis. Harper went face-first into the scoreboard resulting in a laceration to his chin that required 11 stitches to close.

Harper didn’t suffer a concussion, at least that’s what the Nationals and Harper’s agent Scott Boras are saying. Watching a replay of the incident, it’s hard to believe Harper’s brain didn’t concuss even a little bit. I think I got a slight concussion just watching it.

Check it out:

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Maybe Harper thought he was catching a train to Hogwarts. That actually makes more sense than not knowing what the warning track is for. Then again, although he’s a gifted athlete, Harper’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

How is horse racing not animal cruelty?

Horse racing isn’t an athletic sport, it’s animal cruelty. It’s no more a sport than dog fighting or the fighting of cocks.

The 139th Kentucky Derby was held yesterday, and I now have to read about it on all the various sports websites I frequent on a daily basis. If I didn’t know better, I would assume that horse racing is some kind of an athletic contest between, well, athletes. It’s not an athletic contest, and it’s not a sport. The only athlete involved in any horse race is the actual horse, and they’re not even people.

No horse in a horse race chooses to complete, they are forced into it by whoever owns them. They’re not athletes, they’re property. A horse is no more an athlete than Jeff Gordan’s Chevy SS is an athlete.

If the horse isn’t the athlete, how about the jockey? No, they’re not athletes either, unless beating an animal on the rear-end with a ridding crop is somehow an athletic activity. That’s all they really do, that and making sure they’re still sitting on top of the animal at the end of the race. Then again, they can’t beat the horse with a ridding crop if they’re not actually ridding the horse. They also have to work hard at making sure they weigh no more than 126 pounds. That’s for the Kentucky Derby. In most horse races, they can weigh no more than 110 pounds.

Horse racing isn’t an athletic sport, it’s animal cruelty. It’s no more a sport than dog fighting or cockfighting. The only real difference between horse racing and dog or cockfighting is that in dog or cockfighting, the losing animal usually ends up dead. That’s usually not the case in horse racing. Then again, horses are killed all the time in horse racing, some never even leave the track before they are killed by their owners. Horses are killed even in pretend horse racing. That awful HBO drama Luck was mired in controversy over the fact that horses were routinely abused, resulting in the death of three different animals.

One day, horse racing will be banned, much like other forms of animal cruelty are also banned. It may not be anytime soon, but one day, it will join the ranks of dog fighting, cockfighting, and bull fighting.