Bryce Harper is a passionate player, but sometimes his passion is directed towards the wrong people.
Harper has openly displayed his disgust towards umpires on multiple occasions. And he may be gaining a reputation around the league.
The most recent example occurred on July 14, against the Marlins in Miami. In the top of the third inning, Harper stepped to the plate against Mark Buehrle. During the at-bat, Harper took an inside fastball close enough to hit his cup.
Home plate umpire Eric Cooper called it a strike, and Harper was visibly upset. He remained composed at that time, but struck out looking.
In the eighth inning, Harper was facing Randy Choate, who had just replaced Buehrle. Again, Harper took another inside fastball that should have been called ball three. Cooper again called it a strike, and Harper shot him another glare.
Bryce struck out swinging on the next pitch, and then turned his ire on Cooper. He yelled at the home-plate ump as he slammed the bat down on the plate with both hands. Cooper responded to Harper's tantrum by removing his mask and staring Harper down, but he did not eject the upstart.
It would behoove Bryce Harper to not make any more enemies among the umpires, because they tend to hold grudges. If his histrionics continue, Harper will be plagued by biased umpiring throughout his career.