Morning pixels: Bryce Harper’s bloody photo explained


Boz wrote a really interesting column that talks about the personalities of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Gio Gonzalez and how they mix well in the clubhouse.

He also got the story behind how this photo happened.

After Harper smashed his bat in anger last month, cutting himself above his eye when the bat recoiled, he got 10 stitches. When he and Rick Ankiel were in the outfield minutes later, the dazed Harper asked the vet, “Does it look okay? Am I still bleeding?”

“Oh, you’re good to go,” Ankiel lied, straight-faced.

So, now the sports world has a classic photo of Harper with a six-inch stream of blood running down the side of his face, a picture that will follow him, and maybe define, in an odd but flattering way, his style at 19.

“Yeah, that story’s right,” Harper said Thursday. “Awesome guys. I’ve really been lucky.” And he meant it.

The whole column is definitely worth a read and gives us an insight into how the Nationals’ players interact with each other. If there’s one thing you can take away from it, it’s that the guys on this roster seem to genuinely like each other.

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
* Robert Griffin III is starting to feel really good about his progress.

* The Nats are headed to Fenway Park tonight for the second time in team history.

* Michael Lee breaks down which players might be good for the Wizards going into the NBA Draft later this month.

* The Belmont Stakes are tomorrow with a chance for a Triple Crown winner. Come on, I’ll Have Another! Update: Well, that’s a bummer.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT
A conversation inspired by LeBron’s hairline...

#randomthought the minute my hairline starts to slide back I’m trying everything on the market haha

— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 8, 2012

Just cut it off, that’s my plan “@TorreySmithWR #randomthought the minute my hairline starts to slide back ... tmi.me/ridTC

— Anthony Armstrong (@MrArmstrong13) June 8, 2012

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Davey Johnson on the size of the dugouts at Fenway Park:

“Fun ballpark. I remember how old the dugouts are. They must have had smaller people.”

VIDEO OF THE DAY
Matee Ajavon and Natasha Lacy of the Mystics hit the streets to find out how smart people are. Spoiler alert: not very smart.

PHOTO OF THE DAY


(@drayblatche)

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
7 p.m. Washington at Boston on MASN. 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Baltimore on MASN2. All TV/Radio listings are here.

GIRL SCOUT NIGHT
It’s Girl Scout night at Verizon for tonight’s Mystics game against the Liberty. All Girls Scouts in attendance get a patch.

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