Four for five, despite being on an IV drip right up until the first pitch and vomiting in the 2nd inning. Yeah, he’s a gamer.
[M]ake no mistake about it: Bryce Harper was still sick.
The 20-year-old phenom went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI and recorded three hits off Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco in the Nationals’ 6-1 win over the Marlins after sitting out the previous game due to a stomach flu that kept him up all night.
But Harper deemed himself well enough to play after a pregame IV, and he said he felt “solid as a rock” afterward. He simply wasn’t going to sit out Wednesday, even as bad as he felt on the field.
“I was still struggling. The biggest thing was trying to keep everything down and fluids down,” Harper said afterward. “I think getting in the box and swinging made my head spin a little bit. It was just a matter of trying to have good ABs and trying to get some knocks and trying to help the team out.”
Believe it or not, Harper said his worst moment wasn’t when he left the dugout to vomit in the second inning. He felt the worst after a sixth-inning double off Nolasco. He was bending over, sick and worn out, but he kept playing.
“I thought he was going to die every time he went up there and he got a hit,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
His last hit (shown in the video at the link) was the most impressive. Top of the 9th, two outs, already up 5-1, he hits an infield grounder…and beats the throw to first base, allowing another run to score.