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Bryce’s boffo belt-busting bellyflop

Sep 11, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

Bryce Harper Belt

Sorry. Was just practicing in case I ever get a job writing for a gossip site. I mean a gossip site that isn’t specifically about baseball like HBT. Anyway:

Harper made a diving attempt at an Andres Torres liner and tore his belt in two. The rookie casually walked over to the Washington bullpen and snagged another waistband from a generous teammate.

Video here.

The MLB.com copy goes on to say that wouldn’t have happened if he was wearing his Olympic unitard.  I call b.s. on that. It wouldn’t have happened if Major League Baseball had the good sense to mandate elastic waistband doubleknits like the uber-athletes of yore wore.

  1. darthicarus - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Is there a metric for wardrobe malfunction avoidance?

  2. gloccamorra - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Now’s the time to push for the return of those elastic stretch knits. If Greg Luzinski could snap a bat swinging hard while wearing them, who could possibly object to their return? All current players should have a chance to wear what players, coaches and managers wore in the heady ’70s-’80s. Oh wait – Tommy Lasorda and Joey Amalfitano wore them too. Never mind.

  3. natslady - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    That belt “died a hero.” Saved a run…

  4. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    And the man crush continues…….

    http://www.hark.com/waynes-world/i-love-you-wayne

    Cassandra: I love you, Wayne.
    Wayne Campbell: I love you, Cassandra.
    Dreamwoman: I love you, Garth.
    Garth Algar: I love you, dreamwoman.
    Terry: I love you, man.
    Russel: And I love you. Because I’ve learned that Platonic love *can* exist between two grown men.

  5. historiophiliac - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    How is this a news story? He didn’t even lose his pants and give us a mooning gif we could replay a million times and send to our friends.

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