Nationals Manager Benches Bryce Harper for ‘Lack of Hustle’

Wow! They still do that?! I thought that only happened at my baby brother’s Little League when he was 10. 😄😆

For The Win

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Bryce Harper is the face of the Washington Nationals, and manager Matt Williams is holding him to a higher standard. Harper was benched Saturday prior to the seventh inning of Washington’s 4-3 loss to St. Louis at home for his “inability to run 90 feet,” according to NatsInsider.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Harper hit a weak grounder directly to pitcher Lance Lynn, who had plenty of time to field the ball comfortably. Seeing that he had no chance to leg out a single, barring a colossal error, Harper slowly jogged halfway to first base, then veered to the dugout. Harper missed some time with quad tightness last week, but Williams told reporters that the benching had nothing to do with his injury.

Via the Washington Post:

We made an agreement,” Williams said. “He and I made an agreement. This team made an agreement…

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Happy #JackieRobinsonDay! Could Othello Have Been His Relative?

Rude am I in my speech, And little blest with the soft phrase of peace . . .

The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice,

by William Shakespeare, Act I, Scene iii, Lines 81-83

In a lot of ways, Jackie Robinson and Othello could have been ancestral relatives. Both were “representing” a minority group in a community where their decisions and actions were constantly judged unfairly. But luckily for us (and history), Jackie Robinson learned the lesson that Othello could not – how to withstand the blatant racist discrimination (and intimidation) with courage, grace and restraint.