Bryce Harper had two hits in Friday night's Nationals win over the Reds, but on his second he probably could have had more than a single.
That's not only because the ball bounced off the top of the center field wall and required an umpire review to determine it was not a homer. Harper also didn't appear to run very fast out of the batter's box as he watched the ball sail through the air.
It was pointed out by media and fans as they watched and on Friday manager Dusty Baker confirmed what many thought they had seen.
"You know I wanted to see him on second. Bryce told me that he knew he was wrong and he said it won't happen again," Baker said.
"What do you say when a person tells you that? He knew it. We addressed it in spring training and I guess it had been addressed in the past with a couple other managers. He knew it right away. I didn't dwell on it because he knew."
It was very famously addressed in the past by former manager Matt Williams, who benched Harper for lack of hustle less than a month into his tenure on the job back in 2014. Harper was 21 years old then. Now, he's 23 and the reigning NL MVP, yet getting him to run hard to first base apparently remains an issue.
Harper's single to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning on Friday ended up hurting the Nationals, as two batters later Anthony Rendon grounded into a double play to end the frame.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.