Mar 1, 2011, 10:13 PM EDT
Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman
Bryce Harper connects for his first hit of the spring.
VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper sat around his spring training apartment Monday night and rather than stewing over his two-strikeout debut for the Washington Nationals, took a more upbeat approach.
“I went home and I started laughing about it, actually,” he said.
The pressure of his first Grapefruit League game behind him, the 18-year-old phenom talked to his father, Ron, about the experience and on Tuesday morning watched video of the previous day’s 0-for-2 performance in Port St. Lucie.
A minor adjustment that involved keeping his hands closer to his body paid immediate dividends. In his second game of the spring, Harper collected his first hit: an opposite-field single in the fifth inning of the Nationals’ 5-3 victory over the New York Mets.
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