Davey Johnson on Bryce Harper and ‘Tweeter’

September 4, 2013

(John Bazemore / AP)

Bryce Harper has been involved in two minor media episodes in the past few days, by which I mean, off-the-field episodes that people have been mentioning on sports-radio shows.

The first came when Harper talked about any critics he might have. “I could care less what people think,” he said. “Screw what people think. Everybody talks about us all year long saying we’re not going to make this or do that. I could care less what they think. It’s all what we think. I could really care less what the media thinks or anybody else. It’s nice to get that W tonight and like I said, I could care less what people think.”

The second came when Davey Johnson expressed unhappiness that he hadn’t know about a hip injury that’s apparently been bothering Harper.

Johnson discussed both episodes Wednesday morning with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. In typically quotable fashion.

First, about the hip.

“I saw him, one of our trainers was using the elbow on his hip,” Johnson said. “We have a lot of guys that really crunch the guys and give them massages, we have two or three experts along those lines. So I thought he was just a little tired, just getting a good hard rub down, and then I find out he was actually trying to get the pain out of his hip area. I’m just kind of hacked at everybody for not letting skipper know….

“Just one of the things you don’t want to happen,” Johnson said. “And then, when I see him playing the game, I’m really upset, because it looks like he’s half dead….He always tells everybody, I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m fine. If you’re so fine, then quit looking like you’re about dying.”

Then Johnson was asked about Harper’s “screw what people think” commentary.

“I mean, you can’t be influenced by what everybody else is saying, you know?” Johnson replied. “I mean, that’s the bad thing about Tweeter. I’ve even had conversations with him about look, if you’ve ever read the book Your Erroneous Zones, where it says you make me so sad — you know, there’s songs written about it — you make me happy.

[Johnson sung those lines. FYI.]

“Don’t be at the mercy of everybody else on how you feel,” he continued. “And that’s right. You can’t. Especially in this day and time, where everybody’s Tweeter and everything. You’ve got opinions out the gazunga, you know? Don’t let other people influence how you feel….If you want to be mad, that’s fine. But don’t let somebody else make you mad.”

That’s a lot of quotable quotes in one gazunga.

Listen to the audio here.

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