During the course of the interview, Miech told this tale about Harper’s violence against batting helmets.
“Kelli, I saw him do damage to a batting helmet [at the College of Southern Nevada] that shouldn’t be legal. By the end of the season, the coach was making him tape up his own [helmet] because it had just been cracked and splattered in so many ways. And by the end of the season, I think there’s a picture of it, too, in the book, of him hitting with his gaudy eye black and with a taped up helmet. It looked like a crash test dummy. And so, I think that season was so priceless to him to get that, uh, to get those immature actions and to get a lot of his anger out of the way.”
Of course, anyone who has seen Harper strike out to end an inning knows that slamming his helmet is still a habit. Although I’m pretty sure the Nats can afford to replace a batting helmet or two.