(Bryce Harper Video via CSN Washington.com)
[UPDATE: Well, it didn't take long for the Bryce Harper "Blowin Kisses" t-shirts to appear.]
Guess Bryce Harper's left knee is feeling better? Not to be outdone by the excitement of the Nationals selections in the 2011 MLB Draft, Harper hit his 14th home run of the season for Hagerstown Monday night, then blew a kiss at the opposing pitcher as he rounded third base.
Interestingly, the Nationals didn't take any high school kids with their first 3 picks in the draft...
Harper hit a one-out solo shot in the sixth to break a scoreless tie and start a two-run rally for the Suns. It also started bit of a drama.
That started in the first inning when Greensboro starter Zach Neal struck out Harper on a borderline call he didn’t care for to end the first inning.
“It never feels good to strike out,” Harper said. “You had a good guy out there from OU (Oklahoma). You don’t get many pitches that you can try to drive.”
Harper exacted his first step of revenge in the fourth when he grounded a single off of Neal’s foot in the fourth inning.
The rubber match came in the sixth. Harper stroked a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right-center field and took a little time to watch it clear the fence. There was some added interaction between Harper and Neal as he crossed the plate, causing Greensboro manager Andy Haines to come out of the dugout to protest.
(via Hagerstown Herald-Mail, 6/7/2011)