ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 08: Pete Kozma #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals tags out Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals at third base as David Freese #23 reacts in the seventh inning during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 8, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Bryce Harper hasn't gotten off to the best start through the Washington Nationals' first two games against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.
Harper, who is battling strep throat, is 1-for-10 with six strikeouts and his risky decision on the base paths cost the Nationals a much-needed baserunner in the top of the seventh Monday -- as you can see below:
It's easy to forget sometimes that Harper is a boy among men out there, only being 19 and all, so like all teenagers, you can't blame the kid for getting a little anxious sometimes (though, when I was 19, I was anxious for much different reasons, but this isn't about me).
The exchange begins around the 40-second mark:
“Have you found yourself to be overanxious, trying to do [too much] in your first couple games?” Hummel asked Harper.
“Do I look overanxious?” Harper responded. “Do you think so?”
“I think so,” Hummel replied.
“Yeah, maybe you should be the hitting coach,” Harper said.
It was hardly a clown question, but Harper has never been one to mince words, so what we get is gold.
Well, more gold, anyway.
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