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To the minors? Ha! Bryce Harper hits a walkoff home run

Aug 7, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

Yesterday the controversy in Washington was over some random Matt Williams comments that suggested he was maybe sorta possibly considering sending Bryce Harper to Triple-A to figure things out. Whatever you construed his comments to be about that it was certainly the case that Harper and his struggles have been the hot topic in the land of Nattitude for the past couple of days.

What a difference a day makes: The Nationals and the Mets battled for 13 innings today, but it all ended when Bryce Harper hit a 0-1 pitch over the left field wall with a man on to give the Nationals a 5-3 victory. Watch:

Overall Harper was 2 for 6, with his other hit being a single. One swing doesn’t fix a season, but one swing can change the subject. So, gentlemen: change your narratives. Start here:

  1. tved12 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Video says it was a 1-0 pitch.

  2. crabcakesfootball - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Only 2 Ts in Natitude

    Nice hit Bryce!

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      Craig refuses to spell it “right”. Maybe because it’s not a word. I think he likes to troll us at this point.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        Craig is too busy screaming “MVP, MVP, MVP” at the Harper highlights to troll right now. Maybe tomorrow.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Do you get your straw in bulk?

  3. tmc602014 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Bryce Harper is the new face of baseball!

  4. miguelcairo - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    What Happened to Bryce Harper?

    • pinkfloydprism - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:32 AM

      That new batting stance did not last long…. and, nice bat flip… HE’S RUINING THE GAME!

  5. The Bronx Bombers - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Roids helps a lot too…

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      You would know, A-Rod fan.

    • karlkolchak - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      If there is anything worse than a troll, it’s a troll who comments are lame and who doesn’t even know proper grammar. It’s “Roids HELP a lot too.”

      • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        Don’t you mean ” ‘Roids HELP a lot, too”?

        That being said, they don’t even use steroids anymore, do they?

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      your grammar could use some steroids

  6. mybrunoblog - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Immensely talented young player. He’s been injured and hit a rough patch. Anyone who thinks this kid isn’t gonna be an all star caliber player for the next 10 or 15 years is crazy.

  7. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Matt Williams apolotized to the press for blowing up at them. But, yknow, he was supporting his guy.

    “One last thing, I didn’t sleep much last night. So I just wanted to apologize to the members of the press for my actions yesterday. I get passionate about these guys and their success and ours [sic] wins and losses. My tact wasn’t real good. From me to you, I apologize for that. I’ll be better for now on.”

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Good job apologizing by Williams. Lots of stress being a big league manager. Travel, long hours, players, team officials, media, fans, family etc. He lost his temper a little bit. No harm, no foul. It’s over. Just for tricks n giggles though, I’d love for some wise ass media guy to ask him the same question tomorrow. LOL.

      • chinahand11 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        Lol it would be hysterical. The media guy with a sneer on his mug…

    • TheNaturalMevs - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      If Williams really wants to support his guy, he’ll stop hitting him 6th. Get some confidence going. It wouldn’t hurt that lineup to hit LaRoche 6th or Desmond and give Harper some better protection than Danny Espinosa and Asdrubal Cabrera. Williams is a bad manager with a roster of talent covering his blemishes. He’s not without his hand in this.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        La Roche is doing pretty well – he’s certainly been more consistent than Harper. I’m not sure how one can say that he’s a bad manager because of this – there’s a lot more to being a manager that running a lineup out there. That being said, I wonder if it would be better to bat Ramos fifth, and drop Desmond to seventh.

      • thenaturalmevs - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        No, protect your investment some and get some protection for Harper. Get him some confidence going. LaRoche isn’t a clean up hitter and plays fine in the six hole. As it stands you’ve got LaRoche and his .832 OPS in the clean-up spot. He doesn’t need lineup protectin as much as Harper and his .700 OPS. If you move Harper to clean up or even fifth with a LaRoche or Desmond protecting him, he’s capable of an OPS north of .800 and you’ve added a bat like that without hardly doing anything. There’s nothing to gain short or long-termfrom hitting Harper sixth. It’s a horrible decision and part of the reason he has been muddled in a slump all season. Simple as that. And yes Matt Williams is a doofus of a big league manager.

  8. karlkolchak - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    It seems to have been forgotten that Harper was carrying an OPS north of 1.000 in 35 games when he crashed into the scoreboard in LA last year. If he gets on a streak like that again, the Nats’s long stretch of underachieving will finally be over.

  9. realgone2 - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Well paint me red and shove a crowbar up my nose. A walk off HR. Well hell, I guess he’s a superstar again. Gotta love the 24 hours news cycle.

    • sdbunting - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      And: it’s the Mets. Let’s hit pause on the coronation for just a sec. – a Met fan

  10. ironcurtin64 - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Caught too much of the plate and Bryce jumped on it. Love it. The Resurrection of Bryst!

  11. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    If Chris Davis has taught is anything this year, it’s that we must be cautious before assuming a player has turned things around.

  12. luz56 - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    If you listened to the actual interview there was nothing mentioned about demotion… Media made up something that wasn’t there AGAIN

  13. teejayss - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    HAHA!! what?!?! haters.. Nats NL East champs told you

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