There has been a lot of discussion and pixels generated over Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper‘s collision into the right field wall the other night. All of this talk about toughness and such (I’m guilty of it too) has overshadowed the the actual story — a fairly inexperienced outfielder took a bad route on a fly ball and in trying to catch up to it, ran so hard he didn’t see the wall.
Prior to last night’s Nats 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Charlie Slowes of the Washington Nationals Radio Network interviewed legendary voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully and Harper’s wall collision came up. Scully reminded us all of the real story:
Charlie Slowes: Speaking of shoulders and knees and collisions, how about Bryce Harper into the wall last thing last night.
Vin Scully: The only good thing about is it knocked his beard off …and I was delighted to see…(Slowes heard laughing in the background)…I went down to the clubhouse because I admire his play and there he was clean-shaven, uh stiches under the chin…such a fine young man and an outstanding player…and it’s none of my business but I hope he stays clean shaven.
I’m sure somebody will get the audio into embeddable format, but until then MLB Gameday subscribers can here it by going to this page, clicking on the WJFK link and starting to listen around the 12:00 mark.
UPDATE: Legendary Dodgers Voice Vin Scully ‘Delighted’ Harper’s Clean-Shaven – CBS DC
The audio is now available from the link above.
The interview also touches on the current Dodgers, the movie “42” and his start on the radio at WTOP in Washington when he lived at 29th and O Street for $15 a week. Good stuff, but what else would it be? The interview, between to New Yorkers and Fordham graduates) could have been something like:
Vin: Charlie, nobody outside of New York knows how to fold a newspaper
Charlie: Can’t good hard rolls either, Vin
and it still would have been good.
OTHER NATS NEWS
Clayton Kershaw out-dueled Dan Haren (The Post), but with the lineup the Nats put out last night, how wouldn’t he?
Eury in for Span against Kershaw. No Harper:. Espinosa 4, Lombardozzi 7, Zimmerman 5, Desmond 6, LaRoche 3, Moore 9, Ramos 2, Perez 8, Haren
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 14, 2013
More troubling – Harper is feeling nauseous which suggests he has a concussion.