Bryce Harper is a bonafide baseball stud. Having made his major league debut at the age of 19, he would have taken the world by storm if not for Mike Trout.
Nonetheless, Harper has been able to make headlines, most notably with a recent text message to Washington Nationals manager, Davey Johnson. Here is the text and Davey’s reaction below:
The idea was to rest Harper, after rushing him into the line-up had previously resulted in another stint on the DL. However, Harper was completley against this strategy.
Instead of backing down from his words, he wound up backing them:
“I was pretty serious about what I said. I want to play. I want to play every single day. I think if he wants to put me in the lineup, then I want to be in the lineup. If he doesn’t, I’m going to try to make him put me in the lineup.”
His talent is awe inspiring, but talent can only take you so far. That desire, that willingness to play through pain, and that passion for the game should have MLB fans, specifically of the Washington Nationals, very excited.
- Bryce Harper to Resume ‘Baseball Activities’ Could Be Back ‘Within a Week’ (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Bryce Harper unhappy with benching plans, tells manager Davey Johnson: ‘Play me or trade me’ (tracking.si.com)
- Nats’ Davey Johnson Wouldn’t Give All-Star Nod to Yasiel Puig (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Didn’t Jayson Werth also say “Play me or trade me”? (halfstreetheartattack.com)
- Bryce Harper ‘serious’ about ‘play me or trade me’ text to manager (sbnation.com)