For at least one game, the most hyped prospect in decades proved that he belongs with the big boys. Unfortunately, in terms of Bryce Harper highlight reels, the D-Backs were the Patrick Ewing in his Michael Jordan dunk poster.
I’ve been a little skeptical of Bryce Harper and his loftly expectation. His brash attitude does little to endear him to me. The fact that he’s a fan of the Yankees, Cowboys and Lakers nearly infuriates me…however, despite his front runner tastes in sports teams, at least for one night Harper lived up to his hype and proved that he belongs in the majors.
The Nationals walk-off win on a 2-run homer by Ian Kennedy was a tough loss to swallow for the D-Backs after the team fought tooth and nail the entire game. Lost in the walk-off hoopla and Harper-mania was another good start by Joe Saunders, another good game at the plate by Paul Goldschmidt and an excellent display of relief pitching by Craig Breslow. Breslow pitched out of a major jam in the bottom of the 8th. The Nats had two on and no out with the tying run at second, but Breslow was able to preserve the lead. However, it was all for naught thanks to Desmond’s two out home run off of closer JJ Putz.
The real story of the game,though, was Bryce Harper’s best game as pro. Harper was 3-4 with 2 runs and an RBI, scored on an aggressive infield play and made a highlight real, barehanded catch off the bat of Jason Kubel. Harper is hitting .385 with a 1.015 OPS in his very brief major league career. Numbers that even more impressive when you figure the tremendous pressure this kid is under. He’s likely the most hyped rookie in sports since LeBron James and through his first half week of baseball, he hasn’t disappointed.