OK. Maybe this imagery is a bit of exaggeration. Game 15 of a 162 game season vs Game 5 of an NBA Finals are not really even close to comparable. But Bryce Harper's performance on Wednesday night is not something to ignore. It was a great performance, by an up and coming player, who was not 100% healthy.
Harper fought through his flu-like symptoms and mid-game puking to have one of the top hitting performances of his young career. The legend of Bryce Harper grows.
Bryce looked deathly ill each time he stepped into the batters box, visible fatigued. But that didn't stop Harper from going 4 for 5 with a double and an infield hustle RBI single. Each time he was on base he hunched over, grimaced, and looked like he was about to pass out. Harper fought through, and helped his team pull of a solid victory over the Marlins.
After Harper missed the previous night's game, there was nothing keeping him out a second straight. On Tuesday, the Nats manager Davey Johnson compared Harper to a ghost, and he had similar thoughts on Wednesday:
"Harper out there, I thought he was gonna die every time he went up there"
Even out in the outfield Harper was going full tilt. Check out this throw that almost knocked Steve Lombardozzi off his feet.
And while this was just an early season game against one of the worst teams in baseball it showed that Harper will do anything he can to get on the field and help his team win games. Something that can make Nationals fans cure what ails them.