Yeesh, tough call by Williams. He's clearly using Harper to set an example for the rest of the team. I don't think any player would run out that ball hard. Ironically, Harper usually plays extremely hard, often to his detriment. He tends to run into walls and stuff like that. In fact, here is what Williams said about his young outfielder after being hired over the winter (Washington Post): “I love the way he plays the game,” Williams said. “He plays the game the way it should be played. He is all-out, every day, all the time, every game. He's paid for it by getting injured and running into walls. The greatest compliment I have heard is Mr. Lerner, the night he ran into the wall in L.A., asked how the wall was. Everybody loves that about him. Now can we be a little smarter sometimes? Sure. And not necessarily run into that wall? Of course. The kid's 21 years old: let him go. This is a stallion. This is a guy that is ready to just explode. We're going to try to give him the game plan to do that.”
Bryce Harper benched for 'lack of hustle'
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