And so, after Davey Johnson made his intentions to sit Bryce Harper for the rest of the weekend clear on Friday night, Harper sent a joking text to Davey demanding a trade:
Harper text to Davey last night: "Play me or trade me." Davey: "Since trading him is out of the question, guess he's playing."— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) July 6, 2013
Bryce Harper on his "play me or trade me" text to Davey: "I was pretty serious about what I said. I want to play every single day."— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) July 7, 2013
He reiterated that sentiment in his postgame interview on MASN (video here).
(Screencap of Bryce Harper via MASNSports.com video)