He's 19. Aren't all 19 year olds a bit immature? If he's still acting out at 25, then I'll consider tagging him with the jerk moniker.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
I've seen quite a bit in my career but the exploits of Harper are minor compared to the exploits of Aaron Boone, Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns and a few select others on a near nightly basis at Have a Nice Day cafe and JAPS in downtown Cincinnati several years ago. Were cameras following them? No. Would you classify their behavior as young guys just having fun? Probably. Even though they crossed the line on more than one occasion I would just say they are privileged athletes. Harper is cocky. Good for him. I don't have issue with that. Has he done things he regrets. No doubt, just as all of us have.
Cedric 3/24/08It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
And even if you go with your Internet theory, it's been around for around 15 years now. That's thousands of players that have been covered by it. How many players have been revealed as jerks during that time?
And yes, the internet has been around for about 20 years now. Again, that is great, but the amount of coverage available of things isn't close to the same now as it was then, or even in 2005. Everyone has the internet on their phone today. If they see something, they tweet it. They post it to facebook. It spreads like wildfires. That didn't happen in 2005, much less 1995. Comparing the coverage of minor league baseball now to the coverage of it at any other time in history is crazy. It isn't even close. There used to be one publication that covered it. Now there are 20 and a slew of dedicated team websites out there as well. That cover it every single day instead of a once a month publication.
Quick, name the player who threw a fastball into the stands in Dayton and hit a fan. I bet you can't without looking it up. But you can tell me the name of Bryce Harper, who has never done anything close to that.
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