I was in a local watering hole on Tuesday night when Bryce Harper hit that walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th, and people slapped and screeched. The clapping and screeching was approximately of the same noise level as when Paul Pierce hit the dagger three-pointer over LeBron James around the same time, clinching Game 5 for the Celtics.
For Nats fans in a bar to make equivalent noise to NBA fans in a bar, in early June, is a pretty big change from the past. And if you watch Harper’s post-game MASN interview, you can hear a sizable group of people chanting “Bryce, Bryce, Bryce” in the background.
The guys on the MLB Network were similarly taken by the moment.
“Hey Bryce, it’s Dan Plesac,” Dan Plesac said later that night. “It’s been terrific and fun to watch you play in this short period of time. I’m amazed at 19 the things that you can do on a ballfield,” he said, which isn’t really a question.
Harper, meantime, credited not his talent nor the Lord above, but a different sort of deity.
“It was a great team effort tonight, Detwiler came in and carved, and it was just a great experience, it was awesome, I loved it,” he told Kristina Akra, before getting his Gatorade shower. “I think the baseball gods helped me out a little bit there. They helped me out a lot.”
Not sure he needed it. Anyhow, go ahead, buy the shirt.
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Kilgore nailed the Nats gamer, starting with Harper smelling his shirt in the clubhouse.
This column by Mike Wise will get ‘em talking: “Leonsis and Snyder have won the same number of championships, but Snyder has spent a heck of a lot more of his money trying to get one. That might make Leonsis a shrewder businessman, but a Washington sports fan could legitimately ask, Which guy wants to win more?”
D.C. United loses in the U.S. Open Cup, and gets ripped by Ben Olsen.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
More strange smelling tales from a D.C. superstar.
Inspirational words from @ShannonSharpe and Rod Smith before practice today. "Make Em Smell Deodorant" Right Shannon? Ha ha— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) June 5, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT II
Sure, this is via a D.C. United employee, but it’s still sweet.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT I
Ben Olsen on officiating:
“It was typical Open Cup game: referees are lousy, they always are, for both teams. Every Open Cup game, it just turns into circus. Maybe that’s the fun of the Open Cup, but it’s an absolute zoo every game. It gets old.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT II
Michael Morse on Harper:
“He’s a man-child,” Morse said. “This guy is unbelievable.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT III
Ian Desmond on Harper:
“Honestly, he’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen,” Desmond said.
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WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host the Mets at 7 on MASN2. The Orioles are in Boston at 7 on MASN. The must-watch Western Conference Finals are at 9 on TNT. All TV/Radio listings are here.
If you’re a LeBron hater, you must read Woj. “One more loss, and Armageddon awaits for this franchise and its stars. One more loss, and the wall could come tumbling down on LeBron James.”
The Financial Times groups Harper “with other historical phenoms, including Obama, JFK, James Dean, Amy Winehouse, JD Salinger, Genghis Khan, and Fidel Castro.”
Get ready for Dickey vs. Wang.
Now CSN Washington is asking if the Skins can go from worst to first.
City Paper helps you decide which adult D.C. sports league you should join with this handy graphic.