If you didn’t get to see Bryce Harper play earlier this week (and considering the crowd was barely over 100, it’s doubtful you did), you’ll have a
second chance tonight at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Westmoore High School.
Who’s Bryce Harper? Well, according to Sports Illustrated, he’s “The LeBron James of Baseball.” SI put him on its cover last week, and he and his father are in Oklahoma City for a few days while the Las Vegas native plays for the Westmoore summer league team. In Tom Verducci’s SI profile, one scout said Harper could have gone as high as No. 2 in yesterday’s MLB Draft.
In his debut Monday night, he went 6 for 6 with a pair of home runs, a triple and a stolen base. Oh, and he unleashed his 96 mph fastball to strike out the side in his only inning of relief during the doubleheader’s nightcap.
Did I mention he’s only 16?
Harper sent both home runs careening into the woods behind Hefner Lake Park, surely taking out a few branches on their way down. But the phenom is no deforestation advocate. He did his part to help the environment earlier in the game, pelting a Hummer with a foul ball in his first at-bat.
If you can’t make it out tonight, he’ll be making a few other appearances around the city later this week. Here’s his schedule.
No word yet on if he’ll be busting out this devil stick.