Up above, video of Bryce Harper spiking his helmet to earn his first Big League ejection (link to MLB.com video here also). Here's Davey on Harper's big night last night, via Washington Times:
"A lot of good things happened with him tonight. And, like I (told him), 'I just can’t afford to lose you by you expressing your emotions that way. You just can’t do it. Come inside the runway and break a bat over your head or something.'... He’s a little emotional."
(Davey Johnson, via Washington Times, 8/30/2012)
Indeed, it was a very Bryce Harper night last night: 2 huge home runs (first multi-homer game as a pro); a great catch, and a rocket from his bazooka arm in the 8th to keep a runner in check. Oh, and of course, his helmet spike in the 9th after hitting into a double play -- umpire CB Bucknor ejected him (Harper's first ejection in the majors). Video highlights of the Harper's big night here via MLB.com.
Here's more Davey Johnson after the game, on Harper's latest temper tantrum:
"He’s just a 100-percenter. And he expects great things out of himself. He breaks bats, throws his helmet. He’s just got to stop it. Can’t afford to be losing him in a ballgame with that. He’ll learn."
(Davey Johnson, via Washington Post, 8/30/2012)
And here's Harper on Harper:
"I just need to stop getting pissed off and just live with it.I just need to grow up in that mentality a little bit. Try not to bash stuff in and things that I've always done my whole life. Those need to change."
(Bryce Harper, via Washington Times, 8/30/2012)