Bryce 'Kissyface' Harper: His 10 Cockiest Moments Thus Far
Bryce Harper is as cocky as they come, but as the saying goes, "If you are going to talk the talk, you better walk the walk." Harper does that and then some.
At only 18 years old, this kid could be playing at the majors right now if the Nationals wanted him to. There is no field that can hold his power and no helmet that can fit his ever-growing head.
This kid knows how good he is and isn't afraid to rub it in your face and then kick you while your down. This is Bryce Harper's world and we are all just living in it.
Harper has made a name for himself and has been labeled the villain of the minor leagues. To give you an idea of just how big this kid's ego is, let's take a look at a few of his most egotistical moments.
10. "Face Paint of Doom"
Football players like Ray Lewis like to go off the deep end with their face paint. It is their war paint and they wear it proudly. It is not too often that ball player wears eye black halfway down his face. Then again, there are not too many ball players like Bryce Harper.
If you are going to step into the batters box with eye black down to your lips, you better be damn good.
9. "High School Dropout"
Usually dropping out of high school is something that is frowned upon. Unless you are doing it so you can make millions a few years earlier.
Harper dropped out of high school to play at the collegiate level so he could be eligible for the draft sooner. He didn't just "play" in a wooden bat league; he dominated a wooden bat league. His slash line looked a bit like this: .443/.526/.987.
If only other high school dropouts were doing it for the same reasons.
8. "$9.9 Million Man"
This is not entirely his fault, but signing a $9.9 million contract has to go to your head. Having Scott Boras as an agent has to go to your head.
Hell, if I was going to get that much money and I knew my head would grow to epic proportions I wouldn't hesitate to put my name on the dotted line. Sign me up baby.
7. "I Rule the Trop"
During a friendly home run derby at Tropicana Field, Harper did something that no one else has been able to do. He hit the back wall of the dome.
The ball traveled 502 feet before hitting the wall with a bang. If this was an open stadium, who knows how far this ball would have traveled.
Talk about showcasing your abilities.
6. "Lines in the Sand"
Harper doesn't take striking out too kindly. He really isn't used to it as he doesn't do it too regularly.
During one K in particular, Harper didn't agree with a third strike call by the home plate umpire. He felt it was a bit outside and wanted to show him just how far.
Harper took his bat and drew in the dirt just how far the pitch was outside. The ump didn't take this too kindly and felt that Harper was showing him up so he decided to toss him.
The funny thing is that replays show that the pitch was even further outside the line drawn by Harper.
5. "You Talking to Me?"
When an opposing pitcher strikes out Harper, he feels like he is on top of the world. Rightfully so.
In his previous at-bat, Harper took West Virginia Power starting pitcher Tyler Waldron yard, Waldron wrung him up in his next plate appearance. Harper decided to stand at home plate and remove his batting gloves and helmet as Waldron continue to jar at him as he left the field.
Harper gave it right back to him which led to a near bench-clearing brawl.
4. "The Chosen One"
This might have been Sports Illustrated and Tom Verducci's dealing, but still, this is quite the thrust into the spotlight.
Like LeBron James, SI coined Harper "The Chosen One" and posted his ridiculous stats all over the front cover. This included his record-setting moon shot that went 570 feet and cleared a five-lane freeway.
Don't forget his 96 MPH fastball and the fact that he was only 16 years old when he accomplished this feat. He was a man in an adolescent's body.
3. "Sunday Afternoon Stroll"
Harper poses for home runs like he is Ken Griffey Jr. Frankly, he could be even better than "The Kid" when everything is all said and done.
After each blast, he stops and stares for a bit as if he is saying, "Damn that is pretty." Opposing pitchers do not take too kindly to this as he has been given quite a bit of chin music on a regular basis.
His celebrations have prompted the great Mike Schmidt to let Harper know that he better act like he has been there before or he will be put in his place quite often.
2. "Business in the Front, Party in the Back"
If you haven't seen Harper recently take a look at his straggly mustache and horrendous mullet. If you are going to pull off this look, you better mash at the plate.
This look has recently been compared to Westley from Princess Bride.
1. "Kiss off Heard Round the World"
Harper has recently had his name in the papers for the kiss he blew as he rounded third base. This has become something of epic proportions. I have never witnessed such a cocky move ever before, but in all honesty it is a pretty ballsy move. No one else could pull off such a maneuver.
Harper is leaving behind quite a trail of dead bodies as he ascends through the minors.
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