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Quote of the Day: Bryce Harper is confused

Sep 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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Here’s Bryce Harper commenting on Matt Kemp’s heroics last night.  In his defense, Harper was like 12 least year:

“Kemp is a great player,” teenage phenom Bryce Harper said. “That’s why he was MVP last year. I think with one swing of the bat he can change the ballgame. There’s really nothing you can do about it.”

Or maybe he wasn’t confused and he’s just one of those Ryan Braun is a Steroid Cheat truthers.

  1. elmaquino - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    He may be a rookie, but his use of cliches is comparable with the most seasoned veteran.

    • danandcasey - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Crash Davis was his teammate on the Harrisburg Senators.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      And no slurs against any groups in his eyeblack.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Not this season. However, I have a feeling Young Mr. Harper will be more up to date on the whole MVP thing in seasons to come.

  2. Jeff J. Snider - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Bryce was misquoted! He said Kemp was the mvp, not the MVP. And that is absolutely correct. :-)

  3. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I doubt that’s a Freudian slip.

  4. illcomm - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    the mvp award is a complete joke. braun tests positive n still wins. melky this year is just another example. these awards don’t mean anything now

    • hackerjay - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      Braun was announced as the winner well before the failed test.

      • number42is1 - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        what failed test??? ;-)

    • nategearhart - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Um, Melky is not in the running for the MVP award that I know of.

      • bronxbomber213 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

        MLB said they will not strip his batting title should he win it

    • dcfan4life - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:02 AM

      Doesnt it strike you guys as a legit reason to leave Braun alone since his numbers this year may finish better than last year? And everyone knows hes one the most tested guys in MLB baseball now. Now saying he didn’t cheat, just saying the guy has proven he can play regardless.

  5. illcomm - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    of course. but ones who test positive should not be able to win period…….

  6. illcomm - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    or should be stripped immediately. MLB turned the awards into a joke. all bout the money

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Another brilliant idea.

      And the money. Yes. After making $12 million +, I’m really hoping for that $50k and a year’s supply of shaving accessories.

      Echo? Echo!

  7. poprox13 - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Maybe he meant to say, “That’s why he should have been the MVP last year.” In that case he would have been correct.

  8. thebadguyswon - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    So now Braun isn’t a Ped cheat? How did that urine sample register “off the charts” levels of testosterone then? We get it….attorneys think it’s funny he got off, but the guy cheated.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      So what if he did?

    • nategearhart - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      Legally, that urine sample doesn’t exist. So no, Braun isn’t a PED cheat.

      • thebadguyswon - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        His cross to bear is living with the suspicion, which he is going to. Guy is a great ballplayer, but he cheated at least once.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      Is it just a funny coincidence that we wouldn’t be whining about Ryan Braun “failing” some test if his name wasn’t leaked out before the process played itself out?

      And is it truly irony that Braun’s 2012 numbers kind of seem to mirror his 2011 “tainted” line?

      I guess the proper response would be to point out that Ryan Braun hasn’t “failed” a drug test this year, and so therefore he simply hasn’t been tested.

      It’s going to be a long career, folks. I hope you’ve got the stamina to continue to misrepresent the actual truth.

      • thebadguyswon - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:02 PM

        So then how did his sample get all that pesky testosterone in it in the first place?

      • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:14 AM

        I’m sorry you don’t understand the meaning of a vetting process. Let’s just hope some situation doesn’t demand you prove your innocence rather than your detractors prove your guilt.

        I guess due process is only important if it happens to you. First rule.

  9. escapingexile - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    “Oh, you mean they let Braun keep the MVP? That’s a clown award, bro.”

  10. metalhead65 - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    braun is a steroid cheat. he was not cleared of any wrong doing. he got off on a technicality. there is a difference between being innocent and getting away with it which is what happened to braun.

    • number42is1 - Sep 20, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      shhhhhhhhhhhhhh if you listen closely you can heart craig saying “BUT I DONT FUCKING CARE”!!!!

  11. rarson - Sep 20, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    I’m kind of tired about the steroids equals cheating arguments. Steroids doesn’t magically make you a better baseball player; that still takes time and hard work. Steroids don’t play baseball games for you.

    It’s like the whole Lance Armstrong thing. Who cares if he was doping? Doping didn’t win the Tour de France 7 consecutive times or beat brain, lung, and testicular cancer, Lance did. Acting like people didn’t do shit just because they had an “artificial” aid is bogus.

    • darthicarus - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      Actually, in the case of Armstrong I would say certain PEDs would help him more than a baseball player. Riding a bike is more physically demanding than swinging a wooden bat & recovering in less time or being able to withstand more physical strain would in fact favor a cyclist in an endurance test. But I don’t know whether or not Armstrong cheated.

      • rarson - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

        Yeah, but that’s a completely moot point when the entire field is using them as much or more than you are. That’s the thing about Armstrong, it really doesn’t matter. He won them just as much as anyone else did, or would have.

        I don’t know if he did either, and I think the “he must have because he won so much” argument is horse crap, but even assuming he did, why should anyone really care? Because he’s a dick, so people want more reasons to dislike him.

    • metalhead65 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      yes taking roids makes you a better ball player. how else do you explain going from a career high of 48 home runs to suddeenly hiting 78 or whatever the final tally bonds got? how do explain the transformation of his body in 1 year? that extra muscle is the difference between a deep out and a homer.

      • rarson - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

        Way to miss the point, dude.

        Steroids don’t build muscles, exercise builds muscle. Steroids just make it easier to build muscles.

      • nategearhart - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

        How do you explain all the minor leaguers and journeymen pegged for steroids that still didn’t amount to anything? How do you explain Jason Grimsley?

  12. explodet - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Eh. I’ve been corrected for incorrectly thinking Jacoby Ellsbury won the AL MVP last year at least a dozen times this year. I could see how someone might make the same mistake about Kemp and Braun.

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