KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10: National League All-Star Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals is unable to make a catch on a ball hit by American League All-Star Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Since the National League selected Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper as an injury replacement for Tuesday's All-Star Game, we have been figuratively beaten over the head with the fact that Harper is the youngest position player in MLB history to participate in the league's midseason showcase.
That being said, position players, particularly young ones, are bound to make mistakes.
For the most part, Harper has been solid for the Nats, but during the fifth inning of the NL's 8-0 win over the American League Tuesday, we beared witness to Harper's first All-Star "hightlight." And by "highlight," I mean "lowlight."
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Harper lost Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli's fly ball in left field (no word on whether or not the glare from his golden shoes was in any way responsible), giving the national audience something to talk about other than the home runs and diving catches that had dominated the game up until that point (not to mention that he finished 0-for-1 with a strikeout in two plate appearances).
I hope that you know that that last paragraph was incredibly sarcastic. It happens to everybody, but since it happened to Harper, we get to talk about it around here.
Chin up, Bryce. Literally. Because you've got to look up to see the ball next time.
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