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Quote of the Day: Bryce Harper

Feb 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper is super-excited to be heading to big league camp. He is determined to make the most of things and, if he can at all help it, break camp with the big club.  And how’s he gonna do it?  He told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

“I’m going work as hard as I can, keep my mouth shut and play”

I give Harper a 66.7% chance of making the big club.

  1. baseballisboring - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Hahaha…well done. But hey, maybe he’ll be a little quiter around the big boys. Lots of rookies are intimidated when they come to big league camp.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM


  3. Bryz - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    I wonder if puckering his lips in the general direction of the pitcher after a home run violates keeping his lips shut.

  4. seanthegreatest - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    “I give Harper a 66.7% chance of making the big club”

    Yeah, but a 0% chance of keeping his mouth shut.

    • baseballisboring - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Yeah, that was the joke.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    • The Baseball Idiot - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      If two out of three wasn’t bad for Meatloaf, it should be okay for the child.

  5. marshmallowsnake - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    I give him a 33.33% chance of keeping his mouth shut.

  6. rob0527 - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    If he keeps his mouth shut, opens his eyes and ears he will have no problems

  7. natsattack - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Keeping his mouth shut?
    What a joke.
    You do know that Harper in Australian means “big mouth,” right?

  8. metalhead65 - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    what a punk! doesn’t he know he has to pay his dues in the minors first no matter how good he is? how dare he express a willingness to whatever it takes to make the big leagues early? as for his mouth I am sure he will learn to keep quiet till he can back it up. as for his showing up that pitcher in the minors last year how do you know that guy didn’t start it? hitting the homer and puckering his lips was payback and even if it wasn’t he will learn quick enough he can’t do that in the bigs. as long as he is not getting busted for dui’s,drugs beating women or doing roids let him make mistakes and grow from them. he is a kid! a very rich one but still a kid.

    • ptfu - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      I really hope your post is well-disguised sarcasm. Otherwise, *facepalm*

    • protius - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:12 AM

      You do know that a sentence begins with a capital letter, right? You do want to be taken seriously, right? Then take yourself seriously. Write like an adult, not like a lazy 12 year old.

      • mercyflush - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:20 AM

        Ironic that you’re saying that guy won’t be taken seriously for not using appropriate caps. Because, you know, this is a baseball forum. Grammar policemen are usually the ones that aren’t being taken seriously.

      • protius - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:20 AM

        The idea of the Grammar police is a defense mechanism that you invent to make you feel at ease with your intellectual failures. Let’s get one thing straight dude, I’ve said all that I care to re: your inability to write like an adult, the rest is up to you, I’m afraid.

        It is a simple fact, a part of the human condition that most people will pigeon hole poor writers as intellectually inferior and pays them little attention. I mean, who wants to talk to an idiot.

        And as far as the Grammar police are concerned, no one of any stature actually notices the help as they go about their work anyway, so what’s your point.

      • paperlions - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        Writing with proper punctuation does make text easier to read, mostly because reading is all pattern recognition and if you don’t stick to the established patterns of format…it makes things harder to read.

      • metalhead65 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        You do know this is a sports blog right? as long as you can read what I am saying I could care about whether you take me seriously or not. we are talking sports!

      • protius - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:35 AM

        It doesn’t matter what kind of blog this is, if we can’t read you, that’s a problem. With no capital letters and little punctuation, we can barely read what you’re writing. No capital letters at the beginning of a sentence in the middle of a paragraph, and we have a hard time trying to figure out where a sentence begins, and where it ends. Do you see where I’m going with this?

        So, if we’re going to have such a hard time trying to figure out what you’re trying to say, we might as well just give up and not read you; there are plenty of other contributors that write much better, and are easier to understand. You get the picture.

  9. holleywood9 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    He’s going to lead the league in getting hit intentionally by his own team in spring training. He’s such a cocky asshole. But then again that’s what will probably make him an great player

  10. drew1969 - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    @Natsattack..HARPER,Austrailian for beer.

  11. stex52 - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Give the kid a shot, guys. He’s been a pain to listen to so far, but he’s probably smart enough to know the press he is getting. If he comes up all wise-ass, there will be plenty of time for us to pile on later.

    As we said before, he’s just a kid.

  12. btwicey - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Wow I didn’t realize Americans hate on this guy like he’s trailer trash and a drugo. You’ll all be the first to jump on the bandwagon when hes mashing and singlehandedly earning stras his double u’z. that much is for sure.

    • stex52 - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      I agree. If he can hit at the MLB level, all this noise will disappear.

  13. killerstiller - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    They can’t bite you in the ass unless you’re ahead of them!

    • protius - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:41 AM


  14. brian1413 - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Who cares if he keeps his mouth shut. He is a great player and if he can back it up who cares. Many stars were arrogant like Sheffield, Henderson, Bonds etc… If he plays like he has been throughout his young career no fan of the Nats will care what this guy says. His 35 HR’s 120 Rbi’s and .315 avg will mask anything he says.

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