I was perusing Instagram last night when I spotted the above photo. It shows former Hagerstown Suns and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper visiting the Mitchell & Ness flagship store in Philadelphia. What caught my attention was his hoodie. Even though Harper signed a 10-year endorsement contract extension with Under Armour in 2016, he is wearing a Nike pullover hoodie.
This morning I bought a fitted (size 7 3/4) Los Angeles Dodgers 2016 All-Star Game hat from Lids.com. It normally retails for $39.99, but I got it for only $20.00 because it’s now on clearance. I like nice looking baseball hats, but I find it morally reprehensible to pay full retail for almost everything, especially nice looking baseball hats.
I’m cheap. Even if I won the lottery and became a multimillionaire, I would still gravitate towards the clearance area when entering a store. It’s who I am and it’s what I do.
While on the Lids website, I saw this year’s MLB All-Star hats. This year’s All-Star Game will be played in Washington D.C. at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals. I’ve been there only once. I didn’t enjoy myself. Our seats came with cup holders mounted on the back of the seats in front of us. My cup holder was where my left knee should have been. I’m taller than a normal male human. It made for a very uncomfortable experience.
I’m not a fan of the Washington Nationals, Bryce Harper, Nationals Park, or their cup holders, but this year’s All-Star Game hat looks pretty nice. Technically, it’s the “work out” hat.
It retails for $39.99. That’s too salty for my blood. That means I will have to wait two years to purchase one. I just hope in 2020, there will still be size 7 3/4 hats available. I realize waiting like that will be a roll of the 20-sided dice. Even if this hat will be on clearance by then, they might not have my size.
That’s just one of the risks of being a baseball hat cheapskate.
Spoiled brat Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals took some much deserved heat Saturday night from Atlanta Braves fans when he intentionally dragged his foot over the giant stylized letter “A” behind home plate. Evidently, this was done in retaliation for Braves fans booing the immature outfielder every time he made his way to the batter’s box.
Harper, of course, lied about it after Saturday’s game. That’s what he does. He acts like a punk and then lies about it after he’s called out on it. It’s the Harper way.
It’s hard for me to put into words just how much I dislike Bryce Harper. I can’t even watch Nationals games anymore. Living here in Maryland, I can watch every Orioles and National game on TV. I used to, pre-Harper, watch quite a few Nats games when the O’s weren’t on. Not anymore.
As of this morning, Harper is batting .249 and has only four home runs. Harper has struck out 65 times. Being the Bryce Haper hater that I am, maybe I should start watching Nationals games again for the schadenfreude.
Washington Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper has shown he’s more than willing to run his cranium full speed into the Dodgers Stadium out-of-town scoreboard, but not so much when it comes to running to first base on a groundout. Harper dogged it in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and was benched because of it. Harper was removed from the game in the sixth inning and replaced with Kevin Frandsen.
When asked about the move, manager Matt Williams told reporters after the game that Harper’s “inability to run 90 feet” was the reason for the benching. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo later told reporters that he agreed with the decision.
Have they forgotten who Harper is? Anyone employing the baseball talents of Bryce Harper had better get used to him taking plays off. Anyone who remembers his time here in Hagerstown knows that Harper often lacks dedication. That’s putting it nicely.
If the Nationals wanted a player who always played hard and played with hustle, they should have taken a pass on Harper and instead drafted Manny Machado. The Nats had the first pick in the 2010 MLB Draft and the selected high school dropout Bryce Harper. The Baltimore Orioles had the third pick, and they drafted Manny Machado.
The Nationals should have drafted Machado.
Bryce Harper may love the smell of the crowd, he just doesn’t care what they think.
From Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic:
I could care less what people think. Screw what people think. Everybody talks about us all year long saying we’re not going to make this or do that. I could care less what they think. It’s all what we think. I could really care less what the media thinks or anybody else. It’s nice to get that W tonight and like I said, I could care less what people think.
I think Bryce Harper is a jerk. It’s OK though, he doesn’t care what people think.