Bryce Harper: the most entertaining superstar in the MLB
The gif will be played millions of times and the replay will rule ESPN's 'Friday funnies" but what's even better was that it was Harper. It would still be a memorable moment if it were any other outfielder, but the fact that it was Harper is just too perfect.
Here's a kid that runs the bases harder than anyone since Pete Rose and the analysts love to refer to his "youthful passion for the game." He clearly loves the spotlight and he just can't seem to avoid being the center of attention. Veterans feel the need to knock him down a peg whenever they get an opportunity and umpires remind him that he's just a pup who hasn't earned respect yet.
That passion with which he plays the game is refreshing, even if the rest of the MLB hasn't taken a liking to it yet.
I understand that Harper can be prone to obnoxious behavior but it all comes from that childish love of the game. He has made a few immature decisions that draw attention to himself; flipping his helmet while running the bases on his first big league hit being just one example that comes to mind.
But the guy is 20 years old. He's learning to play the game in front of us and it's almost uncomfortable imagining how good he'll be when his mind catches up to his physical ability.
It's like watching the Dragons on Game of Thrones. They're already terrifying and when they grow up the whole realm will crumble before them.
So far this season, Harper is hitting .303 with 10 homers and 21 RBI through 35 games. He got off to an even hotter start but has come back down to earth a little bit in May.
It's been a while since we've had such an entertaining superstar in the major leagues. Everything he does on a baseball diamond is exciting, whether it's running, blasting dingers, making errors, or arguing with opposing players and umpires. I want to see what kind of player he'll become when he matures and acts more like a veteran on the field, but I hope that childish exuberance that we're seeing never goes away.