Bryce Harper continues to not be boring, anyhow. In this CSN Washington interview, conducted before his second game with AA Harrisburg, the Nats superstar prospect admitted that his anxiety to leave Class A Hagerstown led to bad habits over the past twenty games. TWENTY GAMES! Hagerstown has played 83 games. That means 25 percent of the season!
“Those last 20 games, I was really, you know, really not too focused,” Harper said. “You know, I was wanting to get out of there, doing things that I shouldn’t have been doing. And once I got [to Harrisburg Monday night], baseball was fun again. It was a lot of fun being out here, being in this kind of crowd, this type of atmosphere. You know, that’s what you live for.”
The piece also details how Harper secured his No. 34, which had previously been worn by pitcher Hassan Pena.
“I went up to him and asked him what do you want,” Harper recalled. “And [Patrick] McCoy said he wants 1,200 dollars, and I go ‘You know, I don’t know if I’m gonna pay you 1,200 dollars.’ So we worked some stuff out, and I got it.”
Harper also said he wouldn’t force the Nats’ hand on his promotion to the bigs.
“I’m gonna let them make that decision,” he said. “I’m not gonna force the issue or anything. I’m just gonna go out and I’m gonna play my game like I can....I’m here right now, and we’re trying to win a championship here. That’s what I want to do.”
Gene Wang reported that Harper did not address the media after Tuesday’s game.