And so, Bryce Harper has been struggling.
And so, during his weekly appearance with the Junkies on 106.7 the Fan on Wednesday morning, Nats manager Matt Williams responded to a question of whether it would be a stupid idea to send struggling Bryce Harper to the minors:
"I don't think it's stupid. Generally, if ou have young players, that's what you do. but this guy is a special young player. We all know that. It's different."
(Listen to the full clip of the interview here)
On Wednesday afternoon, Williams lashed out at a reporter who asked him about the comment, and if he was considering sending Bryce Harper down. Williams got pissed off (video above):
"Boy, you guys have been listening to radio shows. Did you listen to it live? (No) Oh boy! How come you didn't have your fanny up at 8:15 like I did? ...
So I would caution everybody in this room. The minute you think you can read my freaking mind, you're sorely mistaken. It pisses me off. To even think about, that somebody would take a comment I make on the radio and infer I'm thinking one way or the other. I've had it. Don't do it any more.
Bryce Harper's one of the guys on our team, he's a very important part of our team. Just like everybody else is. Do we understand each other? It's not fair to the kid, it's not fair the rest of the guys in that clubhouse, to even think about sending Bryce Harper to the minor leagues, or to cause a stir. It's unacceptable. It won't happen. Is that good enough for you? OK."
Good enough, Matt. Good enough.