Harper— marred in a month-long slump, subject of another controversy and recommended for a minor-league demotion by D.C. talk radio — then reminded us all he has a flair for the dramatic. He launched the second pitch he saw from New York Mets pitcher Carlos Torres into the left-field stands for a two-run walk-off homer.
Ballgame? Over. Slump? Eh, whatever. Controversy? Another day for that. Minor leagues? Ha!
You think Harper was happy? Just look at the photos.
"I haven't felt like that in a while." -- Bryce Harper— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) August 7, 2014
It was just Harper's fourth homer of the season. He missed two months with a thumb injury that required surgery and has hit .218 with two homers and five RBIs since returning from the disabled list on June 30.
On Wednesday, it was suggested to Nats manager Matt Williams by a D.C. talk radio host that the 21-year-old Harper (the 2012 Rookie of the Year, mind you) be sent to the minors. It ignited another Harper-centric controversy in which Williams eventually made it perfectly clear — angrily clear, in fact — that he didn't think Harper needed to be demoted.
One homer doesn't negate a slump nor automatically give a player his groove back. But you can bet nobody in the D.C. talk radio spectrum will talk on Friday about sending Harper to the minors.
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