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Bryce Harper’s first career steal is of home

May 6, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

Bryce Harper, Carlos Ruiz AP

Bryce Harper put the Nationals on the board with his legs Sunday night against the Phillies. After getting hit by a Cole Hamels pitch in the first, he advanced to third on a Jayson Werth single and then stole home as Hamels made a pickoff throw to first.

Harper pretty easily made it into home plate ahead of Laynce Nix‘s relay on the play. It was his first career steal in his eighth game with the Nationals.

The 19-year-old Harper, baseball’s youngest player, entered the night 6-for-23 with four doubles, three RBI and five walks since his callup. He’s still looking for his first homer.

  1. goskinsvt - May 6, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Chad Tracy plays for the Nats…

  2. baseballisboring - May 6, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Important to mention is that he got hit by Hamels’ first pitch right in the middle of his back, clearly intentional. He didn’t bark at the mound, he took his base, advanced to 3rd on the single and then made a brilliant baserunning play on the steal of home. That’s how you do your talking on the field.

    Then, you know, Zimmermann hit Hamels with a pitch in the leg, also clearly intentional. But that’s another thing.

    • nflfollower - May 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Of course zimmerman threw at hamels. That’s how this game is policed. Not an issue at all, if that’s what is implied by “but that’s another thing”.

      • Kevin S. - May 6, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        Yeah, they really showed the other team by putting an automatic out on base!

  3. randygnyc - May 6, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    And he gave a brief “dead eye” stare at hammells after the steal of home. Priceless.

    • eaglesw00t - May 7, 2012 at 7:36 AM

      It would be a lot more “priceless” if Hamels didnt shut the Nationals out the rest of the game.

      The scoreboard at the end of the game is all that matters. All that posturing BS is why he got hit in the first place.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    I heard he left the ballpark after stealing home, slept with Hamels’ mom, then made it back before his team took the field. That’ll show him to plunk Bryce Harper.

  5. georgia - May 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Bryce Harper is pretty good at baseball, right? He should be due for home run #1 soon enough.

    • georgia - May 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      P.S. Isn’t this a three-game sweep for the Nats against the Phils?

      • georgia - May 6, 2012 at 9:26 PM

        I’m stupid. The game’s not even over. Just ignore me.

  6. dawgpoundmember - May 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    It’s his world, we just live in it.

  7. natsattack - May 6, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Chad Tracy plays for the Nats, like afore mentioned.

  8. brewcrewfan54 - May 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Plenty of guys in the league can make that play. He didn’t do anything special.

    • ray1950 - May 6, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      True, that’s why we read about it all the time … oh, wait, we don’t.

    • verytalldad - May 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      Phillies pitchers pitching around a 19 year old for half this serious is nothing special too I guess.

    • jlovenotjlo - May 7, 2012 at 3:08 AM

      Its ok, I remember the first time I made a stupid comment.

  9. whammy24 - May 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    He also went first to third on a soft liner to left; granted, that’s Juan Pierre and his wet noodle out there, but he still read it perfectly off the bat. It’s not often I’m too impressed by anything in baseball anymore but I keep going back to the fact that he’s only 19 years old and is making some pretty savvy plays.

  10. realbenrush - May 6, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Thumbs up if you’re not a Nats fan, but when Harper stretched that single into a double you did a mid air roundhouse kick and a flying fistpump.

    This kid is bringing some well needed breath of fresh air in effort to the league.

    • ajcardsfan - May 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Warning: Mid-air roundhouse kicks and flying fistpumps may be hazardous to the health of your television and any nearby children. Also, some damage may occur if proper warms up are not done. Please consult your physician before engaging in Bryce Harper cheering.

      On another note, I’m going to try and snag him in my fantasy league before anybody else

  11. ame123 - May 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Eh, most Left Fielders would have him thrown out there. There is such a thing as being too aggressive.

    • chuckleberry1974 - May 6, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      Except that the 1st base coach likely reminded him that Juan Pierre was the LFer. Too aggressive would have gotten him caught. In this case, it was a good play displaying good awareness.

  12. paulbearz14 - May 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    The kids a complete ball player. Makes plays with his glove and arm. Hits for power and average. Not to mention he hustles out routine ground balls.

  13. greenytheterp - May 7, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Harper has incredible baseball savvy and hustle for a 19 year old. Reminds me a bit of Jeter when he started out.

  14. denny65 - May 7, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Harper dropped a routine fly in the top of the ninth that he should have caught.

  15. dawglb - May 7, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    I suppose it goes in the books as a steal of home, but it wasn’t really a steal of home….. It was a pick off move to first, and Harper came home of the throw to first. Let’s not make it out to be a Jackie Robinson steal…

  16. cltjump - May 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    This guy is impressive.

  17. joewilliesshnoz - May 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    This kid will be giving Phillies fans fits for years to come , bravo Bryce , bravo .

  18. stlouis1baseball - May 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I don’t know what I find more impressive…stretching the bloop single into a double or stealing home.
    If forced to choose…probable stealing home. Obviously…both were great baseball plays.

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