Bryce Harper's Kiss and Why It Is Good for Baseball

Ben GoldsteinContributor IIIJune 8, 2011

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper #34 playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions warms up on deck during the AZ Fall League game against the Phoenix Desert Dogs at Scottsdale Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Baseball is considered Americas past time.

It is a great game played by athletes with special talents. The problem is now a days many people find the game of baseball boring to watch or play.

Today, America has basketball and football which are fast paced, hard hitting and most of the time high scoring sports that attract the people who want to be thrilled by watching sports.

Baseball is a game of nine innings that is rarely high scoring (especially in the past couple of years due to pitching dominance) and it doesn't help that the steroid cloud is hovering over baseball.

But what could make the baseball come back and be eventful to youth and other people are the younger players that have different attitudes.

A key example is Bryce Harper. Harper is a mega star catcher drafted by the Washington Nationals in last year's draft with the first overall pick. He is considered a phenomenal hitter with talent to hit the ball anywhere on the field. 

Harper is only 18 years old and won't even turn 19 till next October, but he is still making news while in the minor leagues. 

Just recently Harper hit a homerun and admired his mammoth homerun. The opposing pitcher did not enjoy Harper's reaction and had some words for him as he rounded the bases. As Harper rounded third, he blew a kiss towards the pitcher.

Now, we all know that there are "unwritten" rules in the game of baseball. Baseball is a sport where not much cockiness is shown. 

If you look at the games of basketball or football, much trash talking is occurring and the game is more exciting with dances and things that would just be deemed breaking the rules in baseball.

But that's what is wrong with the game of baseball as of right now. People want to be entertained while watching a game and seeing someone hit a homerun and admire it is entertaining. And then to blow a kiss to the pitcher is even more entertaining. 

I know many old school baseball fans cannot tolerate this sort of antics, but this is what can make a sport entertaining.

Back when Sammy Sosa was hitting 50 homeruns a year, we could all remember his skip after every homer.

Nowadays, you don't see anything like that. 

Sure, Harper's kiss was a little bit much, but it shows the edge he has and how entertaining the game of baseball could be with some sort of trash talking.

Now I'm not advising for any sort of fighting or anything, but a little bit of trash talking is appealing towards fans and gives sports that edge.

And baseball without it is sometimes quite boring.

So maybe before we all say Harper's kiss was bad for baseball, let's look at what it could make for a bright future in the Major League Baseball.