Bryce Harper turns 18 in October, so it stands to reason that he'll act with a lack of maturity sometimes.
No amount of talent — or money, once he signs with the Washington Nationals after being drafted No. 1 overall next week as expected — will change that.
Harper, in a moment he should want to take back, non-verbally complained to an umpire about a called third-strike and got himself ejected from a Junior College World Series game on Wednesday night.
After being rung up, Harper drew a line in the batter's box, as if to tell the ump that the pitch was outside.
Well, that kind of passive aggression does not stand. Harper might have been better off yelling his disapproval, because the umpire tossed him from the game immediately.
Because it's his second ejection of the season, Harper will automatically be suspended for two games, as per NJCAA rules.
And unless Southern Nevada goes on an unexpected run without its Babe Ruth in the lineup and he returns later in the tournament, Harper's college career is over.
From Jonathan Mayo's minor league blog:
The immediate reaction, of course, has been to see this as another part in the history of Bryce Harper being a hot-head, or that it points to his bad makeup. I'm not saying he should've done it — arguing balls and strikes is always a risk — but it seems to me that the umpire had a fairly quick trigger, especially in a JUCO World Series game.
Don't believe me? Well, thanks to the beauty of YouTube, you can see for yourself.
Like the man says: