I complained about one MASN thing today, so let me praise another. Good on the network for having Bryce Harper and Manny Machado hang out and talk about each other for five minutes on Wednesday.
Even better was their T-shirts. Machado wore a “Hakuna Machado” t-shirt while Harper went with Captain America attire.
Among other things, the two youngsters talked about what they learned from each other when they were teammates in the national team system. (Watch it here.)
“The way he plays the game, I don’t think there’s anybody out there that plays harder than this guy next to me right here,” Machado said of Harper. “And to see that every day, how he hustles and plays the game and goes about the business, is something that you’ve definitely got to learn and watch.”
“This game’s all about having fun, and you see that with Manny,” Harper said of Machado. “He’s out there laughing, smiling, and I’m the same way. So being able to learn from him when he was with USA, he’s one of THE best shortstops I’ve ever seen. Sorry, J.J. Hardy. But this kid, he can absolutely pick it at shortstop, and it’s a lot of fun to watch. So it’s fun to be out here and enjoy this.”
And they talked about what they like watching the other do on a baseball field.
“I mean, you see this guy having fun,” Machado said of Harper. “That’s the main goal about this. I see him going every day out there and giving 110 percent for his team. And I think that’s the main goal, why we’re here, which is No. 1 have fun, No. 2 is helping your team win in any possible way, and I think he has both of those. He’s always having fun, playing hard, and he’s always going about his business. He goes out there and plays hard. And that’s the one thing that [people] don’t see. He goes out there and does whatever he can to help his team win.”
“Manny, he plays this game the right way,” Harper said of Machado. “He’s smooth as can be out there. That’s the funnest thing to watch. When he’s hitting, it’s so just easy. Everything’s easy. Third base, hitting, everything. He sees pitches a lot, does things the right way at the plate, hits the ball the other way really well. And he’s hustling and doing things the right way every day. And I think a lot of young guys, a lot of young talent, high school kids, they really look up to him, especially in the Miami area. They really want to be the next Manny Machado. I’m getting chills thinking about it. He’s gonna have a long career, and it’s a lot of fun to be able to watch a guy like that, him AND Mike Trout. We’re gonna be playing this game for a long, long time. It’s good to be able to battle against him and watch him do what he does.”
And they talked briefly about their current circumstances.
“We’ve got two great teams that we play for,” Harper said. “And such great managers in Buck Showalter and Davey Johnson. And a lot of veteran guys that really take us under their wings I think, and really….”
“Show us the ropes,” Machado suggested.
“Show us the ropes, exactly, absolutely,” Harper agreed.