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Bryce Harper torn between All-Star Game and vacation

Jul 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

Bryce Harper AP

Bryce Harper‘s chances of going to next week’s All-Star Game got a lot better when fellow Final Vote candidate Chipper Jones was named to the team today. Still, he wouldn’t mind missing out and going home to Nevada for a few days.

“I’m excited to go home,” he told the Washington Post. “If I don’t make the team, I think it’d be good for me to go home, get away from the world and be Bryce, be normal, just hang out with the family and get some good home-cooked meals and hit with my pop and just hang out.”

One imagines Harper is thinking about Swag. No, not all of the All-Star goodies he’d miss out on, but the puppy his parents gave him for Christmas that’s still at home in Nevada.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson also said he wouldn’t mind seeing Harper miss out on the game, partly because the 19-year-old has been nursing a sore back. Johnson added that he hasn’t gone to MLB.com to vote for Harper.

“I go online for a lot of things and that’s not one of them,” he said.

  1. groundruledoublebourbon - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    This begs the question.

    Things for which Davey Johnson DOES go online: (go!)

    • mrfloydpink - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      I hear he’s got a pyropediequinecrophilia fetish, so probably to download a lot of young, dead, underage horses on fire porn.

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        That really crossed a line in a hurry. Bravo. HBT Commentersphere never fails.

    • indaburg - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      To update his tweeter, of course.

  2. obamablowz - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    All-Star game is silly…go on vacation

  3. scatterbrian - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Harper hasn’t been named to the All-Star team. Until that happens, this post is pointless.

    • scatterbrian - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Wow, sorry. Just wondering why there’s a post about a non-All Star’s tentative plans for the break. What is Aaron Hill doing? Or Jake Peavy?

      I guess I refuse to give in to the media’s fascination with this guy. Yes, he’s a good player and will probably be a great player. But he’s not an All-Star. Not yet. There are more worthy NL outfielders than Harper….Holliday, Prado, Heyward, Bourn, Pence….

  4. jengibre23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    That guys gonna make many all star teams. He should go home and just chill like a normal person. If he wants to miss it let him.

  5. micker716 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    You want to hang out? be normal? That’s what the off season is for you disrespectful punk. Smile for the cameras, if you’re chosen, and thank the fans for the honor. It’s the MLB All-Star game.

    • gibbstastic - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:09 AM

      Really? Because his actual quote stated “If I don’t make the team”. He does all of that on a regular basis. Which is probably why he wants to go home and be himself for a little while. So, once again, IF he doesn’t make the team he’ll be happy taking a break.

      FYI: Reading just the headline or the whole article make a big difference on how ignorant you sound while posting.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        Ignorant and bitter. The kid’s 19 years old and wants to get out of the east coast death corridor for some home-style western relaxation. I give him a lot of credit for being genuine about his feelings and the fact that being with family means so much.

  6. larrybrown43 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Ahhhh…the modern day athlete. Somewhere in the world Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Hammerin’ Hank are shaking their heads.

  7. jimeejohnson - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Wouldn’t use Pete Rose as a role model for anything except betting on your own team’s games!

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