Last Friday, I returned home from work and was mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed. That's when I came across a video that I've been unable to shake over the five days since. It has stuck with me so much that I've decided to write words about it. A blog post documenting an Instagram video. Thanks for reading.
The video comes from the great Bryce Harper. I'd encourage you to watch it with the sound cranked up.
After watching it the first time, I went back and watched it again. And again. And Again. What is this? I couldn't believe he fit so many sports cliches in a 50 second video. Did he actually say anything? And what was the 95 and 15 win thing at the end? Throw in the Muhammad Ali shirt and I was lost in the sea of Bryce.
I decided to transcribe the video. Please enjoy.
Baseball always has been a number game.
Just trying to win and put more runs up there on the board.
When you're younger and you play the game and you're just having fun and just enjoying what you do.
Some people get caught up in the stats and the numbers of this and that and everything that you could imagine in the game.
At the end of the day my expectations for myself are a lot higher than what anybody else is gonna have for me.
I'm a very competitive person and between those lines, I want to do everything I can to help my organization and my city of DC.
When I step into the box, it's something that is unique to me and I know what I need to do to get going.
And it's always the same, I want to do everything possible the same and have the same routine every single day.
There's so many things that have to go right, have to go perfect.
The main goal going into every season is trying to win every single game you play.
The biggest number, if you can win 95 games or 15...
In those 196 words, I count as least 12 commonly used sports cliches. Maybe I'll list them each on our next podcast. Did someone write this script for him? Is he being interviewed? Why does the video cut off after 15? 15 of what? So many questions.
Bryce Harper the baseball player has been less than amazing this year. FiveThirtyEight looked into that today, actually. Even so, he still has 20 homers and an OBP of .380. I think we're all in for a Harper hot streak the last couple months. Here's my bold prediction: Bryce Harper will end the year with a .280/.415/.510 slash line and 35 homers. All while giving it his all between the white lines and enjoying the game like a kid again.