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Bryce Harper caught the Marlins napping

Jul 14, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

Bryce Harper takes off

With shortstop Jose Reyes and third baseman Hanley Ramirez conferring in the infield, a heads up Bryce Harper was able to swipe third base in the first inning of the Nationals-Marlins game last night.

The video still isn’t embeddable, but you can watch it here.

The play went as Harper’s 11th steal of the season. It didn’t lead to a run, but it did have the Marlins embarrassed.

“Everybody’s head was down, and he took advantage of that,” manager Ozzie Guillen said.

  1. georgia - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Nothing can beat the Padres letting David Ortiz steal second a season or two ago.

    • ptfu - Jul 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      They probably felt the earth shaking from the lumbering Big Papi and thought it was an earthquake.

    • critter69 - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM

      Memories of a few years ago, when the Giants were playing the Padres in a night game. The ball was hit in a high, high pop-up that went well above the lights. The catcher walked forward a step or two, the pitcher came in, and ball dropped mid-way between them. In the meantime, the batter was comfortably standing on first base.

      Moral? Run out the contact with the ball, as surprising things might happen.

  2. jimbo75025 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Wow. Where are the first boo birds on this one? Despite the public villication of the kid since he was 16, he has done nothing but play smart, heads up baseball since he got to the majors while keeping his mouth pretty much shut. I cannot blame a guy because a n answer to a reporter ends up on a tshirt.

    • jimbo75025 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Sorry but that should have read villification- is 2 AM here in Asia and way too much beer tonight……..

  3. paperlions - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    How can you not love the way this kid plays the game?

  4. RedHeadedBastard - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    You can never have “way too much beer.”

    • RedHeadedBastard - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Damnit! That was supposed to be in response to jimbo75025

    • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Yes you can. Try being stuck in traffic twenty minutes later.

  5. Mike Luna - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Tim McCarver does not approve.

    • Old Gator - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      The Feesh weren’t “napping.” This is Macondo. hasn’t anyone ever heard of a siesta?

  6. mantastic54 - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I’d gladly take him back, but as a mets fan I don’t miss those kind of plays that Reyes makes way too often

  7. kkolchak - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Great move by Harper–it set the tone for the second half of the Nats’ season quite nicely.

    Both Reyes and Ramirez have been playing like guys who have gotten their big paydays and are now phoning it in. Reyes’s deal in particular is going to end up making what the Nats gave to Jason Werth look like a cheap bargain.

  8. thatyankeedude - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Love the way this kid plays!

  9. ch0psuey - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Hanley and Jose were probably conferring about what color they should dye they’re hair that night

  10. sgoodmantzak - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    That’s a clown nap bro

  11. cosanostra71 - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    I’m gonna say it: I’m a Bryce Harper fan! And with Mike Trout playing at an All-Star level too… baseball has two great young players… it’s an exciting time to be a baseball fan!

  12. mybrunoblog - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Dam it! I would pay anything to hear Guillen’s post game tirade about this one.
    Way to go Harper. Well played.

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