Bryce Harper skipped Hank Aaron Award ceremony because he didn’t want to get booed

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Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson brought his mother to Citi Field on Saturday night to accept his Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the top offensive player in each league. The winner of the Hank Aaron Award in the National League — Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper — decided to send along video message instead.

Harper’s reasoning? Here is Jon Heyman of CBS Sports

Superstar Bryce Harper declined to come to New York for his NL Hank Aaron trophy, telling folks he didn’t want to booed in a rival stadium. He should have come. It’s a great honor. However, he is a poised young man (he’s still 22!) and did give a very nice video acceptance speech.

It might have created a funny scene at Citi Field, but you can understand where the dude is coming from.

Harper, the likely MVP winner in the National League, batted .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI in 153 games this season for the Nationals. And yet Washington still finished a whole seven games back of the Mets in the NL East standings.