Bryce Harper plays baseball in such a manner that things just spontaneously explode in his vicinity. Bats are smashed. Helmets are destroyed. Belts go up in smoke.
Here is Harper in the bottom of the fourth Monday night, diving at an Andres Torres line drive to center field. He didn’t make the grab, but he prevented the ball from getting past him, saving a run.
“If Bryce Harper doesn’t make contact with that, the Mets score a run,” MASN’s Bob Carpenter said. “He couldn’t catch it, but he did the next best thing.”
Then Harper pointed somewhere — the mound? the bullpen? — and then he walked toward the ‘pen, and toward his nearest teammates.
“I think Bryce Harper broke his belt on that play and he’s going to the bullpen to get a new one,” F.P. Santangelo said.
“I don’t know if he’s gonna trade belts with someone or just give that one away,” Dave Jageler said on 106.7 The Fan. “Harper did indeed borrow a belt from somebody.”
“Bryce just went to the bullpen and traded belts with one of the relievers,” Santangelo said, as MASN showed Harper putting on his new belt, from some unidentified but now belt-less teammate. “He blew out.”
“I don’t know if it’s the right size, but it’ll have to do for now,” Charlie Slowes said on the radio.
“It happens from time to time, with those kind of cardboardy leather belts,” Santangelo continued. “When you dive, they have a tendency to snap in half. So Bryce Harper was playing so hard, he played right out of his belt. If he had his unitard on from last night, that wouldn’t have happened.”
“I, for one, am glad,” Carpenter said, closing the belt conversation.
(See the GIF at the Nexus.)
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