Bryce Harper: “Baseball Is A Tired Sport Because You Can’t Express Yourself”
Most sports have their own set of unwritten rules, none more than Baseball’s unwritten rules that pretty much take the fun out of the game. Compared to sports like football, basketball & Soccer, Baseball is the ‘Get off my lawn’ crew of sports. Excessively celebrating anything in Baseball is frowned upon and will get you hit by a pitch your next time up. DON’T YOU DARE HAVE FUN PLAYING A GAME. YOU KEEP THAT SHIT BOTTLED UP & CELEBRATE INTERNALLY.
Washington Nationals RF Bryce Harper sat down with ESPN’s TIM KEOWN and spoke about Baseball’s opinions of celebrating and it’s unwritten rules:
“Baseball’s tired. It’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself,” Harper began. “You can’t do what people in other sports do.”
I’m not saying baseball is, you know, boring or anything like that, but it’s the excitement of the young guys who are coming into the game now who have flair. If that’s Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom or Manny Machado or Joc Pederson or Andrew McCutchen or Yasiel Puig — there’s so many guys in the game now who are so much fun.
Jose Fernandez is a great example. Jose Fernandez will strike you out and stare you down into the dugout and pump his fist. And if you hit a homer and pimp it? He doesn’t care. Because you got him. That’s part of the game. It’s not the old feeling — hoorah … if you pimp a homer, I’m going to hit you right in the teeth. No. If a guy pimps a homer for a game-winning shot … I mean — sorry.
If a guy pumps his fist at me on the mound, I’m going to go, ‘Yeah, you got me. Good for you. Hopefully I get you next time.’ That’s 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’s exciting to see those players in those sports. Cam Newton — I love the way Cam goes about it. He smiles, he laughs. It’s that flair. The dramatic.
Read the entire interview here.