CHICAGO — Fans in the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field gave Bryce Harper the business Tuesday night.
So he gave it right back to them.
After recording the final putout of the sixth inning, he turned to the fans as if he was going to toss them a nice souvenir.
Then he fired the ball over everything and right out of the ballpark.
No souvenir for you!
“Hopefully I didn’t hit a cop or something down below,” Harper said in the clubhouse on Wednesday. “I didn’t even see where it went. I just threw it, acting like we had a third-deck in Philly. It’s all fun.”
Harper hears it everywhere he goes. It comes with the territory when you’re on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old, sign a $330 million contract a decade later and carry yourself with a confident swagger.
Harper can handle it.
“Everyone is usually pretty mean,” he said. “There’s some mean stuff. You have your fans. Some people take it over the line and some people just yell the same stuff. It’s usually the same stuff. No one really comes up with anything that clever.”
What did he hear Tuesday night that made him troll the fans at Wrigley?
“Same old stuff,” he said. “They were really nice last year because they wanted me. You know? They were nice to me, but now they’re back to not.”
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