Bryce Harper has a future within the sales space, if he desires one.
The Phillies slugger, who’s nearing his return to the group after breaking his thumb in June, joined Tom McCarthy and John Kruk on NBC Sports activities Philadelphia throughout Thursday’s win over the Washington Nationals. It was the primary time Harper sat behind the microphone throughout a recreation, and he recommended it may not be the final.
“It has been a blast,” Harper mentioned. “Perhaps I am going to come again earlier than I am going again and play.”
Along with updating viewers on his standing — he hopes to return in September — Harper spent the sport chatting about every little thing from his favourite participant to look at (Dodgers Trea Turner) to his love of mud blue throwback uniforms of the Phillies. He additionally had nothing however reward for former Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, the broadcasting icon who died this week at age 94.
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However he was particularly informative throughout the recreation motion. When Rhys Hoskins blasted a solo house run within the backside of the primary towards Paolo Espino to tie the sport, Harper praised the primary baseman’s strategy.
“What a giant swing. He is superb when he stays on the baseball,” Harper mentioned. “I imply, it is such a formidable shot when he stays by means of the ball, going to proper middle. Then it simply occurs by likelihood.
“Espino’s a man that is going to go on the market and attempt to throw you off steadiness and throw you off your swing,” Harper added. “Rhys simply stood on that ball and hit it to get away so nicely.”
In the course of the second half, Harper touched on the current success of Alec Bohm, who struggled early within the season and drew the ire of Phillies followers after tv cameras caught him saying, “I [expletive] i hate this place” as the group jeered him for making a routine play. Harper was comfortable to see Bohm within the dugout speaking issues over with new Phillies middle fielder Brandon Marsh.
“I like that he is sitting on the bench proper right here speaking about it proper now as a result of he is concerned within the recreation, he is understanding the sport,” Harper mentioned of Bohm. “He desires to be that good, and I would like that mentality from him, however he’ll battle. It is okay to wrestle. I believe you must be taught that.”
Harper was particularly happy within the third inning, when Bohm blasted a three-run bomb to left area to provide the Phillies a 5-2 lead. It was Bohm’s eighth house run of the season, a profession excessive, and he’s hitting .417 over his final 15 video games.
Harper additionally had some ideas on new Phillies pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who is understood for giving up stolen bases. In reality, Nationals third baseman Maikel Franco stole second on Syndergaard within the second recreation, his first stolen base of the season.
“He has that motion the place he goes up, and it is simply the way in which he steps,” Harper mentioned. “That is the place he will get his leverage and his size and stuff, and perhaps it is one thing that JT [Realmuto] I can speak to him about it.”
If the response on social media is any indication, Phillies followers have been thrilled with Harper’s first stint within the sales space. McCarthy, at all times playful on Twitter, highlighted one of many few complaints she acquired concerning the broadcast.
Even with Harper within the cockpit, Kruk was nonetheless Kruk. He was known as out by McCarthy after utilizing some foul language within the second inning and could not cease himself from mocking Harper’s costume.
“I’ve to respect the sales space, guys,” Harper mentioned.
“Yeah, at some point we’ll begin,” Kruk joked.