The story of the first matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals should have been the two powehouse teams in the National League measuring themselves agains tone another. But after the Dodger’s struggles the story was whether the boys in blue could get anything going against the Nationals pitching staff. Quickly, the story turned, and stopped dead when it ran straight into the outfield wall.
Bryce Harper quickly became the story when he tried to run down a ball hit off the right field wall by AJ Ellis in the fifth inning (linked here). Running into the wall was obviously never on Harper’s mind since he never puts his hands up as he hits the auxiliary scoreboard. In a callous world the two gems of the video are how Harper’s left leg kick out and hat fly off in cartoon-like fashion. And even though Harper tried his best to be like Wiley Coyote, unphased and stay in the game. After he was on the ground for a minute he was removed from the game.
The LA crowd was so thoroughly unimpressed with the Dodgers, and impressed with Harper’s hustle and toughness, gave the visiting player an extremely rare standing ovation.
If this had been just two years earlier, Harper running into the wall would have been more of a non issue. But the two new auxiliary scoreboards built into the outfield are not soft. If he remembers, just ask Bryce Harper.
As far as Harper’s status after the game, FoxSports.com reporter Rahshaun Haylock tweeted:
Bryce Harper has 11 stitches under his chin and jammed his shoulder but no signs of concussion per his agent.
— Rahshaun Haylock (@RHaylock) May 14, 2013