Bryce Harper played one season with the College of Southern Nevada. The school’s conference is a wooden-bat league, which means the players go through a lot of bats — about 8 a season, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
Coach Nick Garritano told the Sun that the team operates on a $200,000 annual budget, which includes “salary for five coaches, uniforms and equipment, travel and hotels, and products to manicure the field.” So when assistant coach Sean Larimer opened a box from Harper and found 40 bats inside, it was a nice surprise.
“It’s pretty awesome for college students to have free bats,” sophomore infielder Chad Whiteaker told the Sun. “It’s definitely going to help us out a lot.”
Some of the bats were game-used, and while other major leaguers also donate bats to the program, Harper’s bat “included a Bible verse (Luke 1:37) and his No. 34 in the Nationals’ blue and red colors on the bottom of the handle.”
That’s so Bryce.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* NCAA tournament sites are a lot different from the rowdy college crowds that players are used to.
* Mike Rizzo doesn’t ignore sabermetrics when making decisions.
* The Wizards lost.
* Feinstein on the state of the Capitals.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
The Nats are on their way back to D.C.
Goodbye waves. See you soon bumpers and break lights. twitter.com/IanDesmond20/s…
— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) March 28, 2013
TWEET OF THE NIGHT II
I need a Rockabilly barbershop in DC! Anybody? #haircut
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) March 28, 2013
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Jim Larranaga on returning to D.C.:
“Coming into this building, to them it’s just another venue,” Larranaga said of his players. “But to me and my staff, it’s not, because we have the memories. They don’t. They want to create those memories for themselves.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Alfred Morris and Niles Paul looking like Thelma and Louise.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
From Verizon Center: Marquette vs. Miami, 7:15 on WUSA (Channel 9). Syracuse vs. Indiana, 9:45 p.m. on WUSA. All TV/Radio listings here.