SportsCenter asks Bryce Harper about RGIII

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This RGIII-Bryce Harper thing won’t go away. First it was a local writer asking Harper about similarities between his knee injury and RGIII’s; “That’s a dumb comment,” Harper replied.

Then Comcast SportsNet’s Mark Zuckerman returned to that topic during a one-on-one with Harper; “People will talk and speculate, and people always freak out because RGIII is here. It wasn’t anything close to that,” Harper said. “His was totally different. That was something major and not even close to what I have. That’s just people being fans and saying things.”

Anyhow, Harper was on ESPN’s SportsCenter Wednesday afternoon to promote his All-Star candidacy, and after a few minutes of questions about the game and his team, Sage Steele changed the topic.

“One of the many reasons why people love to watch you play is because you go all out every single time, 110 percent,” she said. “RGIII there in the D.C. area has talked about maybe changing the way he plays in order to avoid some serious long-term injuries. Is that something that you’ve thought about at all, trying to just pick your moments when to give it all, because of the injury factor?”

“Um, you know, I’m gonna give it all every single day I go out there,” Harper said. “You know, I’m going to give 120 percent no matter what. Maybe not run into a wall, [up] 8-0, but I’ll keep going and playing and playing hard and doing things the right way out there on the field. I don’t want to look in the mirror at the end of the day and say, Hey, I didn’t work hard, or I didn’t bust my butt today. So I want to work hard every single day, and I want to show my respect towards Major League Baseball and everybody that played before me, and I think playing 110 percent every day is good for me.”

Among later questions was one from a fan, about what sport and for which team Harper would play if he weren’t in MLB.

“Oh man, I don’t know if I can do that, I might get in trouble,” he wisely answered. “Aw, man. I’d probably want to be an Olympic snowboarder. That would be absolutely a blast. That or motocross. That would be a lot of fun, too, to do that. And I can do it for the USA. Olympic USA snowboarding? Perfect.”

As for his All-Star credentials, Harper was modest and reserved, and said he didn’t like to talk himself up versus his peers.

“You know, I’m not sure,” he said, when asked to state his case. “I’m going to go out there every day, I’m going to play hard and do things the right way. I don’t know if I should be in the All-Star game or not, but I’m just truly blessed to be up for that voting. And CarGo and Beltran and J. Upton, they’re having great years. It’d be a blast to be there….Those are great players, and they’ve had great first halves, and it’s  a lot of fun to watch them play also.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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Dan Steinberg · July 3, 2013