Every time I read a story about Bryce Harper I have to remind myself that he’s still only 18-years-old and that, on the whole, 18-year-olds are pretty much awful in every respect. Or at least honest in a “I don’t know nor do I care what other people think” kind of way. Which is usually fine because who cares what an 18-year-old says. It’s only when they’re in the public spotlight when it becomes an issue.
And Harper is in the spotlight. And Harper grew up a Yankees fan. And, unlike every other pro ballplayer who checks his youthful fandom at the door when they star their career, Harper hasn’t really done that yet. The evidence: his Twitter feed from last night, which was saved for posterity by Mike Prada at SB Nation DC:
Those tweets were subsequently deleted, and this one came down:
It’s a small thing. But the code of major leaguers — which Harper will be before he turns 20 — is that you don’t root for other teams like that. Maybe you root in a subdued way for a personal friend to have a good series, or maybe you offer mild congratulations, but you pretty much have to check the rah-rah stuff at the door once you start getting the pro paychecks.
For the first time in a month and a half, Aaron Judge went an entire game without striking out, ending his record streak at 37 games. Judge had an RBI single and three walks in Tuesday night’s 13-4 victory over the Tigers.
Judge went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and zero strikeouts in a 9-4 loss to the Brewers on July 7. Between July 8 and August 20, Judge would strike out in all 37 games, breaking the record previously held by Adam Dunn, who struck out in the first 32 games of the 2012 season. If one counted streaks extending into multiple seasons, Dunn held the record at 36 games as he struck out in his final four games in 2011 as well.
After Tuesday’s performance, Judge is now hitting .284/.417/.594 with 37 home runs, 81 RBI, and 93 runs scored in 525 plate appearances on the season. He’s had a particularly rough second half, as he entered Tuesday with a .684 OPS since the All-Star break, a far cry from his 1.139 OPS before the break.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was able to get a ground ball past Pirates first baseman Josh Bell for a double leading off the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game. He would come around to score later in the inning on a Corey Seager single, breaking a 1-1 tie.
The double gave Gonzalez 2,000 hits for his career. He is the 282nd player in baseball history and the 11th active player to reach 2,000 career hits. Gonzalez also has 300 home runs, making him one of 94 players with at least 300 dingers and 2,000 hits.
Gonzalez, who was recently activated from the disabled list, entered Tuesday’s action hitting .247/.295/.330 with one home run and 25 RBI in 201 plate appearances on the season.