(There's Bryce Harper talking to ESPN's Pedro Gomez during the Futures Game. Screengrab via TV/ESPN.)
And so Bryce Harper let down ESPN with his Futures Game performance: 0-4, 2 K, 2 ground outs, possibly due to Harper's decision to play without eyeblack. Harper also showed off his arm with a rather pointless yet impressive 300+ foot offline throw from the LF corner to home plate which not only failed to prevent a run from scoring, it allowed a man to advance to second. Details, details. Meanwhile, ESPN didn't seem to care too much that Brad Peacock pitched a perfect inning of relief (9 pitches, 7 strikes?).
Here's ESPN's Pedro Gomez asking Harper to comment on his 0-4 day:
Gomez: "What do you think of your day so far today here?"
Harper: "I'm facing some guys that are, you know, pretty good...put the barrel on the ball twice, K'd twice. But I'm just having some fun out here and I'm really excited."
Not bored, but excited. Sadly, Sunday night might've been the last chance for Nats fans to see Bryce Harper wearing a Curly W cap on the field in 2011. FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi threw a big bucket of cold water on the remote possibility of a September callup for Harper with a Tweet:
#Nats GM Mike Rizzo reiterated to me today that he's ruled out a call-up for Bryce Harper this year.
(via @jonmorosi, 7/10/2011)
Oh well...obviously Rizzo wouldn't say the same thing about a September call-up for Brad Peacock...