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VIDEO: Adam Wainwright wants Bryce Harper to take it easy on him

Mar 15, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

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Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright joined Brian Mitchell for a one-on-one interview on SportsTalk Live this week to talk about the new season and his partnership with Mizuno gloves. The first three minutes or so are about the Cardinals and his expectations for them this year, but he then gets into some Nationals subjects.

On Stephen Strasburg, Wainwright referred to him as a “freak.”

“He’s been given an arm from the Gods,” Wainwright said. “He’s a guy who has an arm that everyone is kind of envious of.”

Wainwright was also asked about Bryce Harper, a guy who happens to have a lot of success against the ace. Harper is 8-for-16 vs. Wainwright with two doubles and a home run.

Wainwright said he approached Harper with a question during a Nats and Cardinals series last season.

“‘Hey can you just relax a little bit and let me get through some lineups without you making it so tough?’ We had a good laugh about it.”

Check it out:

  1. veejh - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    What a great pitcher’s head to already be in.

  2. Candide - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    As Rush Limbaugh likes to say, “I’m living rent-free in Barack Obama’s head.”

    • Steady Eddie - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Nice blog Mark has here. Shame if something political were to happen to it. (In other words, let’s keep politics off this blog and put it somewhere else, please, okay?)

  3. Candide - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Sorry – wasn’t intending to politicize it. Just thought it was an amusing turn of phrase. My apologies.

    • Sonny G 10 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      I agree on keeping the politics out….but that was funny!

    • ehay2k - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Candide, I for one took it for what it was and didn’t think it was political, but I can see how it could be taken that way. Some names are just lightning rodhams, er rods. At any rate, it is clear that Wainwright would prefer NOT to pitch to a hot-hitting Harper. Or was he just trying reserve some space in Harper’s head?

      I missed the game on AtBat and havent read the full game thread, but were any Insiders there to see Stras pitch? It appears that he is right on schedule. The more I think about this rotation’s potential, the better I feel about the upcoming season.

  4. Sonny G 10 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Pretty sporting of Wainwright to have nice things to say about the Nats.

    • Steady Eddie - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Wonder if Wainwright still has the first three innings of game five on his mind.

    • natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      He was speaking to a Washington TV station, right? I’m still confused why he was on CSN Washington.

      • Sonny G 10 - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        B Mitch needed an excuse to talk baseball, I guess.

  5. natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    “@washingnats: The #Nats have acquired catcher Brandon Laird. #Nationals #MLB”

    • natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      “@washingnats: The #Nats have acquired infielder Brandon Laird. #Nationals #MLB I said catcher — my bad.”

    • natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      “@washingnats: The #Royals traded infielder Brandon Laird to the #Nats for a player to be named later or cash. #Nationals #MLB”

      • nats128 - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Gerald Laird’s brother and its no big deal. Kind of ironic that this trade was 1st reported by Bill Ladson and none of the other beat writers seemed to care as this wasnt much of breaking news.

        When was the last time Ladson reported a trade 1st?

      • Steady Eddie - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        I was unclear what it meant until I saw onFederal Baseball that he’s a 1B/3B. In other words, this is not the backup utility infielder (2B/SS) we’re looking for (to compete with Danny and JameyCarroll). So if anything, he looks like a potential backup for Matt Skole at Syracuse.

        The interesting thing about it is that KC just signed him as a FA this past November. Maybe they hoped he could be an MLB backup, but they sure didn’t stick with him very long (after a 5/13 Spring, not that that signifies anything either way).

      • natinalsgo - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        That’s interesting. Filler for corner infielder.

  6. natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    “@MLB: #Dbacks LHP Patrick Corbin departs outing vs @Indians in the seventh inning with forearm stiffness: http://t.co/ASCBfTK5jO

    • nats128 - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      He was the DBacks ace last year. What is going on with all these arm injuries!

  7. NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Not that spring stats mean any thing, but Kershaw gave up five earned yesterday. In 14.2 innings, 15 runs, 20 hits. This was his final start before Australia, where the stats (and games) actually count.

    • sjm308 - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      Agreed NL but whose stats would you rather have starting the season? JZmmnn /SS or Kershaws.

      • Section 222 - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        The more relevant question is which pitcher would you rather have as you #1. Right now, Kershaw and it’s not even close. But JZnn seems poised to have a monster season. The Nats may regret they didn’t put up enough $$ and years this off season to lock him up long term.

  8. natsjackinfl - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Jordan versus Justin in Viera today. WhoooHooo.

    • knoxvillenat - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      And the game is being televised for those of us unable to be in Viera today!

      As Michele would say, “Whooohoooooo”! (Apologies if I don’t quite get the spelling of that correctly.)

  9. thelatencn - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I don’t believe JZ would have signed for any amount of money this off season. It takes two to tango, and he could be confident enough in what he’s going to do this year to reason that whatever he would be offered now would be less than he could command later.

    • Steady Eddie - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      I agree completely. And less than that it’s were going to pay him top dollar – like $150 million over six years on top of the two-year arbitration package, as if he had already had the monster season – J-Z was going to test the market. That’s absolutely his right, but it doesn’t seem to be the action of someone who puts a priority on staying with the team.

      Of course, there’s no indication I think so far of what long-term offer if any the Nats may have made to JZ. That’s in contrast with the Nats’ somewhat lowball package of was it 6/$85m or $90m for Desi (though I think that did include the two arbitration years), when 6/$110m would have gotten it done.

  10. sjm308 - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Nothing to do with this thread but in scaning the Post review of spring training, the majority of the stories are based on who is hurt rather then who is performing well. Oakland has two starters injured, we know about the Braves, and it just keeps going. Not sure this is any different from the last few years. Maybe back in the day the players just worked at a slower pace to get ready?

    • thelatencn - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Well, maybe it’s just an extension of the oft-heard comment that ST stats (i.e. performance) doesn’t mean something. Whereas injuries certainly do.

  11. Steady Eddie - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Oy — ” And less than that it’s were going to pay” =/= “unless the Nats were going to pay …”!

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