(No war paint for Bryce Harper in his Spring Training debut. Screengrabs of TV by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
So it appears that Bryce Harper took Matt Stairs' advice on the eye black to heart.
Nothing out of the ordinary during Harper's Spring Training debut Monday; just a couple of smudges under the eyes. Nothing like the Ultimate Warrior look that ultimately drove a new generation of Little Leaguers to paint their faces last summer.
And in case you were wondering how Harper was feeling after seeing just seven pitches and striking out twice in his Spring Training debut on Monday, the kid was still Tweeting smiley face emoticons after the game, which is a good thing:
And after the game, Harper talked to reporters about his debut and the need to get the rinky dinks out:
"I felt really good up there. It's the first two at-bats. That's why we have spring training. That's what it's for - get all the rinky dinks out."
(Bryce Harper, via Washington Post, 3/1/2011)
And how will Harper remember his Spring Training debut?
"Two K's...That is going to stick with me probably until tomorrow morning, when I take my first hacks."
(Bryce Harper, via Bill Ladson/MLB.com, 2/28/2011)
Sounds good. After the jump: there's a bad MLB sitcom in the making down in Viera. Let's turn it over to Mark Lerner:
We were in town just a matter of minutes on Saturday afternoon, before we encountered three of our neighbors -- Bryce Harper, Doug Slaten and Sean Burnett -- at the apartment complex we will call home for the next few weeks.
(Mark Lerner, via Curly W Live, 2/28/2011)