He lives and dies with nearly every at-bat. He’s on a crusade to Make Baseball Fun Again. What’s not to love about that?
If you’re raising your kid to be a baseball player, wouldn’t you want them to play like George Brett or Pete Rose? I’m sure you would, and it’s a funny thing, because both are guys who Harper has said he models his game after.
Some of the same folks who whined about Harper being a fake tough guy are the same ones who witnessed him charge the mound and throw hands after getting plunked on Monday. Well, which one is it? Fake tough guy or not?
Raise your hand if, on Memorial Day weekend, you thought the best records in baseball would belong to the Rockies and the Astros, who improved to an MLB-best 35-16 with an 8-4 victory over the Orioles.
The Rockies may need an arm or two to keep their hot start going, but the Astros are a deep team primed for the long haul. As for the Cubs, the talent is there. They just have to find the same spark they rode to a championship last year if they hope to defend their title.
Studs of the night
Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson struck out 10 without a walk over seven innings in Milwaukee’s 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks. Nelson also helped his own cause with an RBI single to help the Crew increase their division lead.
Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis did his part as the Indians leadoff hitter by going 4 for 4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs in the Tribe’s 10-1 win over the struggling Royals. The Indians provided starter Josh Tomlin plenty of offense with a complete-game effort.