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Bryce Harper is so hot right now teammates are reluctant to touch him (vid)

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Bryce Harper has enjoyed such a torrid stretch at the plate in May that he probably is dreading the notion that the month is nearing its end.

In fact, the Washington Nationals slugger is so red-hot right now his teammates jokingly acted as if the mere act of touching him could cause damage.

During his postgame interview on the field following Washington’s 10-5 win over the San Diego Padres Sunday — during a game in which Harper went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple and 4 RBI — a teammate acted as if his fingers were burned after tapping him on the shoulder.

A few of his teammates also razzed Harper by deliberately walking between him and the interviewer.

As noted by D.C. Sports Bog, Harper has been absolutely tearing the cover off the ball, having hit nine home runs in his past 11 games and has a National League-leading 14 round-trippers.

For the month of May, the 22-year-old budding superstar — per an MLB tweet — is batting .418, has three doubles, a triple, nine home runs, 18 runs scored and 22 RBI, while also showing impressive plate discipline by drawing 14 walks.

To some pundits, Harper seemingly has been incapable of recognizing his vast potential. He just might be starting a campaign to silence those doubters with his recent hot streak. Just ask his teammates just how on fire he is right now.

Harper arguably had said fire lit underneath him at the onset of the season when he was named the most overrated player in baseball by him MLB peers. His perceptively cocky comments where he asked about his World Series ring after the team acquired Max Scherzer — not to mention his insistence that the Nationals remained the team to beat despite their struggles  –likely didn’t ingratiate him to his colleagues, either.

All told, there’s nothing like a little doubt and criticism to motivate a fierce and brash competitor the likes Harper. Major League Baseball is learning that lesson all too well.