There are a lot of exciting plays in baseball. Chicks dig the long ball, and everyone loves a good fight, but the Washington Nationals haven’t had a lot of positive highlights in their team history since reforming as a Major League Baseball franchise in 2005. There’s Stephen Strasburg and that’s about it. Then, Bryce Harper came along. The top pick in the 2010 draft, Bryce Harper is turning heads in Washington thanks to stealing home plate in a game versus Philadelphia.
The Nationals lost to the Phillies 9-3, but Harper showed Phila starter Cole Hamels that deliberately plunking him, even in the first inning, is a bad idea. After Hamels’ bean ball, Harper moved along to third and then, when Jayson Werth was running to first base, Harper struck, blasting from third to home and just beating out the throw. Serves Hamels right, who admitted to reporters after the game to hitting Harper deliberately.
“I was trying to hit him,” said Hamels, who hit Harper in the back with a 93-mile-an-hour fastball. “I’m not going to deny it. That’s just — you know what, it’s something that I grew up watching. That’s what happened, so I’m just trying to continue the old baseball. . . . I’m not going to injure a guy. They’re probably not going to like me for it but I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t trying to do it.”
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