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The Bryce Harper-Matt Williams thing is, not surprisingly, being overblown

Jul 3, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

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Is it good form for a player to publicly question his manager’s lineup? Nope. Not at all. But Bryce Harper did it and, for the most part, was criticized in a proportionate manner. And of course the Nats are winning right now, so that makes things better.

Still, I feel like we’re going to be seeing hot takes about Harper not knowing his place for a while. Jason Reid of the Washington Post has one today. A few days after the fact, of course. And, more importantly, a few days after the Harper-Williams tiff — to the extent you can call it a tiff — had been resolved. If you don’t believe me, read Adam Kilgore’s story from the same Washington Post running Reid’s hot take:

The swirl of opinion and controversy crackled and hummed Tuesday afternoon, surfacing on television screens, blaring out of radios, murmuring in clubhouses across the league. While so many were talking about them, Bryce Harper and Matt Williams — the two figures at the center of the attention— sat down at Nationals Parks and talked to each other.

Kilgore — who, unlike Reid, covers the Nats on a daily basis — is the guy to go to for what’s actually going on. And to read his story is to realize that, an ill-advised comment notwithstanding, Williams and Harper are basically good with one another and the tiff, or whatever, is over.

At least with the people who matter. If the Nats do anything other than win the NL East and make a deep playoff run I presume some tourist who doesn’t cover the Nats that often will swoop in with some “the seeds of the Nationals’ failure were sewn back in late June . . .” take. Because that’s how this stuff usually works.

  1. tbird05 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    I find it terribly hard to believe that the media would do something like that…

  2. apkyletexas - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    @Craig – how’s that Bryce Harper MVP run going?

  3. doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    “I presume some tourist who doesn’t cover the Nats that often will swoop in with some “the seeds of the Nationals’ failure were sewn back in late June . . .” take. ”

    Dibs.

  4. chc4 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Speaking of not terribly surprising, Craig makes and excuse for a player.

    • twinfan24 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Where did he make an excuse for a player? There is no excuse for Harper anywhere in what is written above. If you are going to rip someone, make sure you are correct, or you just look lazy and silly.

      • baberuthslegs - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        “But Bryce Harper did it and, for the most part, was criticized in a proportionate manner.”

        Not exactly an excuse, but taking Bryce’s side?

      • baberuthslegs - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        You guys really think it’s ok for Bryce to diss his manager?

    • emdash01 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      And excuses are the worst kind of excuses.

    • realgone2 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      It’s more any chance Craig can take a shot at actual sports reporters is more like it. Guy has serious jealousy issues that he’s just a lowly blogger.

      • extavernmouse - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        At least Craig writes in complete sentences. Some words were real gone from you comment there, bud.

    • themuddychicken - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      The very first words of the article:

      “Is it good form for a player to publicly question his manager’s lineup? Nope. Not at all.”

  5. duvisited - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Kilgore’s also the guy that needs everyone in the clubhouse to talk to him every day. Of course he’s going to avoid any take that’s more than lukewarm.

    • David Proctor - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Kilgore has never once shied away from honesty. He has been very critical in the past. He is also regarded as one of the best beat writers in the country. He does not alter his articles for access. Never has.

      • themuddychicken - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        I second this, he’s great.

  6. natstowngreg - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Sigh. There you go again, straying from The Narrative(tm).

    The Washington Nationals’ organization is positively riven with dissension. Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa hate Matt Williams. Harper and Ryan Zimmerman hate Denard Span. Stephen Strasburg hates Wilson Ramos, Jose Lobaton and Steve McCatty. Kevin Frandsen hates Harper, causing Harper to hate Anthony Rendon. Several guys at Syracuse hate Mike Rizzo. And don’t get me started about the hatred among the Racing Presidents. The Nats are incapable of the team effort needed to win. Any evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

    Actually, the seeds of the Nats’ inevitable failure have not been planted in the past few days. They were planted before the season, when one or more pundits predicted that they would win the World Series. That is, if their failure is inevitable. Failure can be determined only in 20-20 hindsight.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      “tually, the seeds of the Nats’ inevitable failure have not been planted in the past few days. They were planted before the season, when one or more pundits predicted that they would win the World Series”

      what part of “dibs” did you not understand? You’re a jerk. hhmph.

    • voteforno6 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Actually, there probably is some real animosity amongst the racing Presidents. Well, at least with Bill & Teddy.

      • karlkolchak - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        Especially after Teddy was responsible for torpedoing Bill’s reelection bid in 1912 by running as the nominee of the Bull Moose party.

  7. peopletrains - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Makes sense since Bryce Harper is overblown in the first place.

    • realgone2 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Amen!

    • extavernmouse - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Get back to us on that in about ten years and we’ll see if he’s overblown.

      • nydemocrats - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        We’ll be here. Will you? Check out Harper’s history. He’s been a pain in the butt his whole life. Trout has more personality and class in his foot that Harper has in his …….Well, in his Harper.

  8. 18thstreet - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    It is the role of the Washington Post to say that the management of the Washington Nationals always does the right thing. All this proves is that the Reid has been reading this memos.

  9. stercuilus65 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Can you imagine if Puig had done something similar?

    • nydemocrats - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      That’s different, Harper’s a white guy!!!! This comment is tongue in cheek.

  10. stercuilus65 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Harper is more overblown than Ron Jeremy.

  11. drs76109 - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    You get what you pay for. Rizzo’s an egomaniac GM who was desperate to get the shine off of his mgr (Davey Johnson) and so he hired a guy with no mgr experience. And for a good x and o’s mgr (Riggleman) to walk. For a veteran team, not sure that was so smart. He could’ve hired Charlie Manuel, a guy with experience adopting veteran teams and winning with them

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