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Bryce Harper played in a pickup softball game the night before his Nationals home debut (video)

May 1, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper’s home debut in Washington D.C. was actually a softball game at the Washington Mall. And Steven Marcus, a 34-year old gift planning officer, can say he threw one by the heralded rookie. In the video below, you’ll see Harper step in for a few cuts in a game between the World Wildlife Fund Fighting Pandas and the Alliance to Save Energy Killer Watts on Monday. (The Washington Post has a nice account of the action here, and here). He let two pitches go by, and took an awkward swing-and-miss at another. On his final cut, he sent a ball deep down the right-field line (hard to see exactly where it went).

If you read somewhere tonight or Wednesday that Harper has an upper-body injury, we know what happened. That whiff looks like it could have been painful.


  1. dclogicatlast - May 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Lack of hustle. Cut him.