Recently, as negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Players Association spiraled, numerous athletes took to Twitter to let the league know that they were done with the back-and-forth. Rather, they just wanted to know "when and where" baseball will be played.
The action seemed to have angered radio personality Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, who exploded into a fiery rant on Tuesday night about how players who have underperformed in the past shouldn't be speaking out at this time. Specifically, Harper got the majority of the attack.
"Bryce Harper's getting paid $336 million," Russo said. "He's not Gerrit Cole. He got paid $336 million. If you don't live up to money and you stink, as he did, I can't listen to you tell me, 'I'm raring to go.'"
Russo claimed that Harper was "awful" in 2019 after signing a record contract with Philadelphia. His main point of defense was that the outfielder didn't make the All-Star team. Harper's first season as a member of the Phillies was viewed as lackluster due to the money he commanded in free agency and his MVP potential. However, Harper batted .260 with a .372 on-base percentage, 35 home runs and 114 RBI, which doesn't really warrant the label of "stinking."
"Stop tweeting when you stunk," he said.
Russo defended the likes of Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who also made comments on Twitter, stating they earned the right to tweet their frustration at the league due to Trout's consistent dominance and Rizzo's World Series title.
Russo's words immediately caught the attention of many players who weren't too happy with what he had to say. 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich responded to Russo on Twitter saying that if Russo is going to dictate who can say what based on baseball success, he should probably stay quiet.
If the requirements for having an opinion requires success in ones field then you should probably take your own advice and 🤫 https://t.co/ycqKmWFlR7— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) June 17, 2020
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Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo blasts Bryce Harper for his 'when and where' tweet originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington