But, don’t look at Nationals manager Davey Johnson for any sympathy. When told before Thursday’s game that Harper was trailing, Johnson quickly said “good.”
He said the time off would be good chance for the 19-year-old to “catch his breath.” Earlier this week Harper said missing the game would give him a chance to “be Bryce.”
Harper has made an appearance in each of the Nationals 59 games since he was promoted on April 27.
The All-Star Game takes place on July 10 in Kansas City. Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Ian Desmond will represent the Nationals.
Johnson said he would’ve allowed Harper to go if he was elected, as he said the All Star Game is an honor.
Harper would’ve been the youngest positional player to ever make an All Star Game and the youngest player since Dwight Gooden in 1984.
Harper could still make the team if NL Manager Tony LaRussa picks him in the event of an injury to a current all-star. Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, for example, is considered day-to-day with a knee injury.
General Manager Mike Rizzo said he wouldn’t mind seeing Harper in Kansas City to join Strasburg, Gonzalez and Desmond.
“It doesn’t affect me,” Rizzo said. “We would have had no problem with Harp going to the game, playing the game. It would have been an honor for us to have another National in there. Who knows? A couple injuries and maybe he will be. I think he’d aid the National League in winning the game. I think he can do some things that help you win a game. When the game counts, that’s important nowadays. Him having the four days off doesn’t bother me one bit, either.”
>>>> The Nationals and Giants will wear 1924 uniforms tonight as the team celebrates “Turn Back the Clock Night.” The Nationals uniforms are cream colored, with a blank front and a black W on the left sleeve. The back has black numbers without nameplates.
“I’m happy I’m not that old that I would recognize those,” Johnson said when he was showed one before the game.