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Monday, October 15, 2012

Did Bryce Harper make crude gesture towards the Cardinals?

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is just nineteen years of age and had himself a very nice rookie season.

But it is widely known that the kid has some growing up to do and has made news frequently for things he has said or done on and off the field.

Take for example earlier this season in Toronto when he responded to an ill-advised reporters question with the infamous "that's a clown question bro."  Or earlier in the Nationals series with the Cardinals, when Harper was snappy with Hall of Fame journalist Rick Hummel after Game Two.

In Friday night's Game Five meltdown, Harper may have shown his immaturity once again.

In the ninth inning, shortly after the Cardinals had just finished their epic four run inning, Harper struck out on a Jason Motte fastball that was about four feet out of the strike zone.  Harper then appeared to make a gesture out towards the field by grabbing his crotch and also saying something.

Harper's gesture did not go unnoticed.  According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, some of the Cardinals certainly saw Harper's intention.
Harper is one heck of a talent.  ESPN certainly loves the kid.

But Harper needs to grow up quickly.  Grabbing your crotch in an effort to insult your opponent does not set a very good example for the young kids watching.  Harper needs to quickly realize that he is a professional athlete that he has a responsibility to play the game with integrity.

Harper is now a role model and must start acting like one.

Harper will need to become a mature person before he becomes a truly great and iconic player.  His choice to disrespect his opponent after going down in defeat is something that even ESPN can not ignore.