Bryce Harper is a lot of things.
An Olympic hurdler is not one of them.
The Philadelphia Phillies $350 million man had fans on the edge of their seats Saturday when he attempted to leap over Minnesota Twins catcher Willians Astudillo during the sixth inning of a 6-2 loss.
We're guessing most of those fans were also holding their breath and then checking their pulse as Harper flew through the air and landed near home plate.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 6, 2019
Harper was out on the play.
More importantly, he was safe. As in not injured.
Harper was attempting to score the tying run after Cesar Hernandez poked a fly ball to medium center field. He was cut down by a good throw from former No. 1 overall pick Byron Buxton and a good tag by Astudillo.
It ended up being a close play as Harper, the baseball and Astudillo ended up in the same place at the same time. That’s what led Harper to make his split-second decision, for better or worse.
It’s a move Phillies fans will appreciate from an effort standpoint.
In terms of risk and reward, they would almost certainly prefer Harper keeps his feet on the ground.
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