Bryce Harper did the most Bryce Harper thing ever on Wednesday. The 19-year-old phenom seemed to bust out of his recent slump by hitting two home runs, then to top off his remarkable night, he threw a tantrum and was ejected from the game in the ninth inning.
Harper grounded into a double play and as he was going up the first base line, he reacted to being thrown out by spiking his helmet into the ground. The helmet nearly hit first base umpire C.B. Bucknor, who tossed him immediately.
Video of the incident after the jump.
Regardless of whether Harper was reacting to the call or was just frustrated that he grounded out, spiking his helmet was an extremely idiotic thing to do. Honestly, that’s something a high schooler does.
The incident marred a career night, as it was the first time Harper had hit two home runs in a game.
Back in May, Harper slammed his bat against the side of a tunnel in the dugout in frustration. The barrel smacked off the wall and hit him in the temple, right above his left eye. It caused a gash that needed 10 stitches.
I realize that Harper is still a kid, but at some point he has to act like a professional.
After the game he was apologetic, and he had the following to say:
“I shouldn’t have done it, but I don’t like hitting into double plays. I just need to stop getting mad and live with it. I just need to grow up in that mentality a little bit and try not to bash stuff in. I’ve always done it my whole life. Things need to change.”
I applaud him for admitting he was wrong and being a man about it. But until he doesn’t throw tantrums and grows up a bit, this will continue to haunt him.
By the way, Harper’s Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-4.