Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”, has tossed his hat into the anti-Bryce Harper ring. In an appearance on WOR 710, Maher called the Nationals outfielder a “d-bag,” among other things. He criticized Harper’s use of hair gel and his confidence, but admitted that if Harper were a Met, he would learn to love the defending NL MVP.
In a feature for ESPN, Harper called baseball “a tired sport because you can’t express yourself,” referring to the controversy over players flipping their bats in celebration of home runs. On Monday, Harper wore a funny trucker hat that read “Make Baseball Fun Again”, referencing both his comment and the tagline for the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Harper’s recent outspoken critics have included Brent Honeywell [link] and Sergio Romo [link]. His own teammate, Jonathan Papelbon, choked him in the Nationals’ dugout at the end of last season. Eventually, once enough people express their dislike of Harper, it will become cool to like him, right?