Harper’s comments definitely generated a stir with Giants’ reliever Sergio Romo when he heard them. He believes Harper is way off base, and said so in no uncertain terms.
“Don’t put your foot in your mouth when you’re the face of the game and you just won the MVP,” Romo said. “I sorry, but just shut up.”
Romo, without a doubt the Giants’ most emotional and expressive player on the field, said he learned the hard way to respect the game’s codes of honor when a teammate was hit in the face by a pitch for something he believes he may have done.cheap nfl jerseys http://www.big49erssanfrancisco.com He added that players can display plenty of emotion in a proper way without showing up the opposition.
“As emotional and as fiery as I am, I do my best not to look to the other dugout,” he said. “I look to the ground, I look to my dugout, to the sky, to the stands. It’s warranted to be excited. But there is a way to go about it to not show disrespect, not only to the other team but the game itself.
“I don’t agree that being able to put your hands up when you hit a 500 foot home run or punching somebody out and then staring them down, I’m sorry, it doesn’t add flair to the game,” Romo added. “That’s showing up the other guy.”
Harper’s comments appeared in a profile of the National League MVP by ESPN’s Tim Keown and was posted on the company’s website.
“Baseball tired,” Harper is quoted as saying. “It a tired sport, because you can express yourself. You can do what people in other sports do. I not saying baseball is, you know, boring or anything like that, but it the excitement of the young guys who are coming into the game now who have flair.
“If a guy pimps a homer for a game winning shot I mean sorry,” Harper continued. “If a guy pumps his fist at me on the mound, I going to go, Yeah, you got me. Good for you. Hopefully I get you next time.’ That what makes the game fun. You want kids to play the game, right? What are kids playing these days? Football, basketball. Look at those players Steph Curry, LeBron James. It exciting to see those players in those sports. Cam Newton I love the way Cam goes about it. He smiles, he laughs. It that flair. The dramatic.”
“They play a different sport,” he said. “Those sports have unwritten rules also. We don’t understand that if we try to do what they do in our sport, we cross lines. But if they try to do what we do in our sport, they’re crossing lines as well.
Romo had advice for Harper if he thinks he can alter the game on his own, even as big a star as he has become.
“My own opinion on any of that, straight up, black and white, the game is bigger than you are,” he said. “These rules were set well before you arrived. Sorry, there’s not one person who’s going to change this game. There’s not one person who has that power, not even the head honcho (commissioner Rob Manfred).”
The Giants reliever said that if Harper feels that strongly about his position, maybe he should consider a career change.
“I’m pretty sure if someone has enough money, he can find another job if this is really tired,” he said.
a slow start in spring games, Joe Panik is suddenly pulverizing the ball. He had three well struck hits, including a pair of doubles, in the Giants’ 3 1 win over Milwaukee in Maryvale, Ariz.
“The first couple of games, everything was kind of happening quick,” said Panik, who is now 6 for 16 (.375) in five spring games. “Just talking with Bam (hitting coach Hensley Meulens) and Deck (coach Steve Decker), they helped me simplify things and just slow everything down and focus on getting my foot down early so I can see the ball.”
Belt, who can’t seem to catch a break in spring training, was hit on the right hand in the first inning on a pitch by the Brewers’ Jimmy Nelson. The outside of his hand was slightly swollen when he came out of the game after five innings.
“It hurt really bad, but I had an idea it was probably just bruised,” he said. “It didn’t have that broken feeling. I didn’t even notice it when I was at the plate.”
Pence is still on track to make his first spring start Friday. Barring anything unforeseen, he’ll play right field. Denard Span still hasn’t made a start in center, but manager Bruce Bochy said perhaps it’ll happen this weekend.
Cain threw a brief 15 pitch bullpen session, his first time off a mound since his Feb. 27 surgery to remove a cyst on his right arm. Bochy thinks he still has time to be ready for the regular season.
“We’ll give him another one to stretch it out a bit, then maybe have him face hitters,” the manager said. “Once he doesn’t feel anything, the stitches are gone, we can ramp him up. There are no arm issues.”
pitching day for some guys destined for the minors. Starter Chris Stratton threw three innings of hitless ball and got seven ground ball outs of the nine he recorded. Hard throwing prospect Chase Johnson also looked good in two innings of work.
Bochy on Stratton: going to be one of our guys starting in Triple A. He knocking on the door now. He had trouble getting his secondary pitches going early, but he got movement on the fastball. He one of the guys who gives us depth, knock on wood that nothing happens. Johnson: fastball electric. He a 94 96 guy, and he start in Double A probably. The two balls that got hit were off speed pitches he left up. Beede and Joan Gregorio also pitched a scoreless inning apiece.
take it out with one of my recent discoveries, a retro indie UK band called Black Honey: Spinning Wheel. No albums yet, but everything I heard sounds great. Cool single cover, too.
Celebrations, if we want to call them that, are usually directed to the celebrant. In other words usually there is no intention or inclination towards showing up the opposition. If there is some bad blood between the pitcher and the home run hitter, the pitcher can spot anything aimed at him. This is not good and can cause trouble. But, nine times out of ten, the hero is not thinking about the opposition, just enjoying the moment. This, he should be allowed to do. Why should the hero have to return to the dugout with a stone faced look? It is not natural and is false behaviour, easily noticed by fans, especially those watching on TV. I like to see enthusiasm.
MLB Network did a show on the A today for their 30 in 30 series the Giants were yesterday.
Ron Washington was shown doing extensive fielding drills with Marcus Semien. Semien said he someone to help do the kind of defensive work that equates to soft toss and hitting off a tee for hitting. Washington is giving back to the game by helping a young talent like Semien work on improving his game.
Dan O praised Nolan Arenado and recounted how Michael Cuddyer predicted Arenado would be the future franchise cornerstone. It was speculated that the Rockies should extend Arenado now, which would be a great move in my opinion.
no need to, your answer is the typical one expected from an old school white guy who thinks he is a sergeant of arms for baseball.
Deal with the truth Harper and the new generation of stars should be outs poem should change the atmosphere of the game and move forward from some of the stupid unwritten rules guys like you think are so important.