Bryce Harper blames ejection, meltdown on pregame playlist
Bryce Harper might want to remove tunes from Chance the Rapper and Logic from his pregame playlist. In fact, the Washington Nationals slugger admitted as much in light of his histrionics after getting ejected during Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Harper suffered a complete meltdown after his ejection by home plate umpire Chris Segal after arguing balls and strikes following a strikeout in the eighth inning with the score tied at two apiece.
It made for quite the scene. Harper emphatically slammed his bat into the dirt before getting within inches of Segal’s face during the argument. Harper ultimately had to be restrained by his teammates.
“I didn’t really yell at him. I just yelled because I was mad that I struck out and he tossed me,” Harper said of the ejection, via The Washington Post. “I don’t know why he tossed me. I don’t know if he tossed me because I kicked the dirt or he thought I was yelling at him, but at that point I was not trying to yell at him. I was just pretty fired up about striking out in a big situation like that.”
Harper after the game blamed his outburst in part to his pregame playlist, specifically singling out Chance the Rapper and Logic tracks.
“Before the game today, I think I need to change my playlist because I get a little fired up from my playlist,” Harper said following the Nationals’ 8-5 win over the Brewers.
” ‘5AM’ really got me fired up, by Logic. I called my brother and was like, ‘Man, I’m so fired up to play today,’ ” Harper continued. “I guess it got me a little too fired up. I guess I need to mix in some Temptations and some of those jazz bands to calm me down a little bit.”
That might be a good call.
Suffice to say, Harper’s histrionics stood in stark contrast to pal Kris Bryant’s ejection — the first of his career — earlier this week. Perhaps the mild-mannered Chicago Cubs slugger listens to milder music before games. Something like Enya or what have you.