Bryce Harper looking towards Return of “September” to the Feliz Islands.
That probably means anywhere from the last week of August to the first week of September. But the Velez didn’t put Harper on their 60-day hit list. If they had, it wouldn’t have activated until August 25th. So, they at least thought about the possibility of him returning before that time.
Harper is busy at the moment. He spent five rounds at the Velez TV booth on Thursday. It was entertaining and insightful listening, especially when Harper spoke about spanking.
The first pitch of the game hit the radio booth and rattled off Scott Franzke’s hands. John Kroc noted that everyone would shoot if the ball sailed to the TV booth and hit Harper’s left thumb.
“Who agreed to my presence here?” joked harper.
“He’s really good when he’s still in baseball,” Harper said. “It is an impressive play when he passes the ball and goes to the right of the center. After that, it happens by chance.”
Harper and Kroc discussed the responsibilities of a hitting coach. Many players arrive on the field several hours before hitting the first pitch. The coaches strikes there all the time.
“I don’t take BP very often in the field for this reason,” Harper said. “I think you can knock yourself into a slump as much as you can get into a slump. I think players just need to be a part of the game. You can’t lose the feel of a part of your game because of the video and things like that. You can dig a hole as deep as you can and not Coming out of it until next year. I know players who have played in the league and love to hit after games for two hours because they think they can get out of it. I’m not one of those people who can do that, because I don’t [want] To do that. I don’t want to hurt my hand. There are certain things guys can do to help them, but don’t try to do too much [helps]like that.”
Alec Boom hit 40,000 since the end of June.
“Putting his feet up on his feet was a huge job for him,” Harper said. “It’s so smooth. …Alec is one of those guys who wants to be very good. I love that mentality about him. But he will struggle. It’s okay to struggle. I think you have to learn that too. It’s okay to struggle. Every guy in this league is struggling. That’s fine.”
Harper later notes how much Baum reminds him of Jason Wirth. It’s been said before, but Harper gave his reasons.
“The thing about J is that J can knock the base to the right – and he’ll pull the ball to the left of center over the Toyota sign [for a home run]Harper said. Then go to the right of center away from LifeBrand [sign hanging over the second deck]. He did a good job of doing that. I see it swinging [Bohm] Much. So it is controlled, close to his body.
“If I were to teach my son how to swing, it would be a very similar swing to J-Dub and Bohmer, because it is so close to [bodies]. It is very compact. Everything they do is very compact. It is very easy. There are not many steps.”
Croc Harper asked if he’d use the two-stroke approach upon his return, as he hadn’t seen a live show in months. This means stretching into position and giving up his leg kick.
“I don’t like to go into a two-stroke approach unless I really have to,” Harper said. “I went to it a little more than I wanted to this year, just because I had a little bit of it. I just don’t want to lose 0-2 homeowners or my intimate 1-2 or anything like that.”
Kroc told a story from his days at Padres and how the first-round pick looked awesome swinging fly balls on the field. Kroc asked the player if he was the bat boy and wondered how GM Padres had not yet been fired for drafting him.
“Hi, how was your first day?” Harper laughed. “Well, John Kroc told me I’m the worst player in the country.”
Harper spoke about young athletes and the pressures they face.
“You are constantly trying to be like that other person,” he said. “You are constantly trying to be better, to try to live up to what that kid does — instead of worrying about what you do, trying to be yourself and be great at what you do. Kids lose that sometimes. Also, parents and coaches lose that because, ‘Oh,’ You gotta be like that guy,” or “I wanna swing like that,” instead of letting your natural ability take over as a kid. You grow up. You play the game and you try to play the game you love because you love it. Kids constantly try to look like someone else or be Someone else, rather than just trying to be themselves and love what they do and be great at what they do with their abilities – not someone else’s.”
Talk about how kids are obsessed with local and national rankings and getting a Division 1 scholarship.
“If you’re good,” he said, “you’ll see.”
“My God!” He said in the broadcast.
“I remember my sketch,” Harper said. “My dad texted me. What did you say? Oh, Jah? It was so cool.”
“I was glad that’s what came out,” Crooke said.