IT’S LATE MORNING in late January in the desert. Sunrise Mountain stands guard beyond the right-center-field fence, but the craggy sentry is failing to protect Harper Field from Mother Nature’s heavy breathing.
With temps in the 40s and the wind chill well below that, it’s hardly baseball weather. Nevertheless, Bryce Harper stands in the batter’s box on the same Las Vegas High School diamond where he once dominated, the diamond that now bears his name. Cut after cut after cut, he spends upward of two hours focusing on the little things. Keeping the launch angle down. Getting to the inside pitch.
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The occasional spectator stops by — a coach or two, some current varsity players — in hopes of witnessing a tape-measure shot from one of the most powerful hitters alive.
Instead, they leave disappointed, having seen little more than tee work and soft toss. Because Bryce Harper isn’t here to do damage. He’s here to undo damage.
“I think it’s pretty common knowledge we need to pitch better,” Molitor said. “There’s different ways I can envision that happening. One scenario would be a healthy Phil Hughes [who] gives you a chance to win more times than not when he takes the mound.”
Hughes got attention on social media with his response to Adele’s performance at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
“I wish I could have gotten an Adele do-over on 168 pitches in my career,” he said in a Tweet that garnered more than 3,000 favorites by the end of the night.
Kids Chris Myers Jersey “I was just trying to make light of the situation,” Hughes said. “Whenever you hashtag a big event, people are going to see it. But when I woke up the next morning, a bunch of people texted me that it got picked up by a national website. It must have been a slow news night.”