Don't fear the reaper. That's just "renowned" orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews approaching with his scalpel. (As an aside: We challenge you to find a report referencing "Dr. James Andrews" where the adjective "renowned" is not also included. Is this qualifier necessary so as not to confuse the "renowned" Dr. James Andrews with some less famous and just ordinary Dr. James Andrews?)
Certainly a much more positive promotion this time around compared to the ~2.12 beer promo last year. Unfortunately, Werth is off to another slow start this season: 0-10, 5 K. On a positive note, Werth has 3 walks. Perhaps Duffy's should consider free shots for Nats fans for each Werth AB until he gets a hit?
Here's video of Bryce Harper doing an interview with CNY Central News in Syracuse during Chiefs media day on Wednesday. (Asked what he knew about Syracuse prior to arriving, Harper acknowledged that he "always knew it was a big basketball town. Everyone knows about Syracuze".)
In 2010, when another Nationals phenom, pitcher Stephen Strasburg, made his Syracuse debut, a record crowd of 13,766 turned out at Alliance Bank Stadium to witness it. But on Thursday for Harper’s debut, and opening day for the Chiefs, the official attendance figure was 6,178, and by the end of the game there appeared to be less than a thousand hearty souls left in the stands. (via Dave Sheinin, Washington Post, 4/6/2012)
No record crowd on Thursday for Harpermania, but comparing Harper's AAA debut with Stephen Strasburg's AAA debut is apples and oranges: Stras had the benefit of a warm Friday night in May, while Harper's debut came on a cold, Thursday afternoon. So cold, in fact, that Harper wore a ski mask:
"You always get that nervous feeling, butterflies and whatnot...but after that first pitch is thrown, all of that goes out the door. ... I was a little out of whack in big league spring training with my swing, my hands...I think the best thing was me getting sent down to Triple A and really getting on that grind every day of playing, get my routine back. I think that's the biggest thing.
When I was up there, I tried to work as hard as I could every single day, but I was trying to do too much, getting a hit every single day. Now, it made me calm down and really stay within myself, stay with my game. I have a lot of things to work on. This is just another steppingstone." (Bryce Harper, via Associated Press/SI.com, 4/5/2012)