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VIDEO: Harper, Williams and Werth on benching

Apr 20, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

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After Bryce Harper was removed from Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the explanation as to why came as quite the surprise. No, it had nothing to do with Harper’s lingering quad tightness, it was for lack of hustle.

We at CSN had a camera at Nationals Park for the aftermath, and got reaction from Harper himself, manager Matt Williams and veteran outfielder Jayson Werth.

Check it out right here:

  1. stoatva - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I’m not persuaded of the wisdom or necessity of Williams’ move, for all the reasons we chewed to death yesterday, but I’m ready to move on.

    I’m much more concerned, frankly, about an unimaginative, conservative style of handling his personnel that reminds me of the things I liked least about Davey Johnson’s tenure here.

    Basta! Let’s win a laugher today.

  2. natsjackinfl - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Much a do about very little. For Bryce, lesson learned. For everybody else, message sent and received.

    Now play like the professionals you are supposed to be.

    • unkyd59 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      +1

      • letswin3 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        +1

    • 6ID20 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      It’s Manny Acta sitting Elijah Dukes for showing up five minutes late all over again. Bald manager needs to do something else because he has no hair left to pull out.

    • Sonny G 10 - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      +1

    • natsfan1a - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Not having seen the game or read game posts/comments, this was pretty much my own take on the benching when my husband alluded to it this morning. Perhaps apples and oranges (again, I’ve not seen the game) but does anybody recall a situation back in the day when (if memory serves on the situation) Brian Schneider struck out but the ball got away from the catcher. He might have reached first safely, had he not hung his head, wheeled, and trudged back to the dugout. Again, my memory may be foggy on that one. It was Schneider but I can’t recall the exact circumstances.

      Anyhoo, off to catch up with today’s chores and won’t see this game either, unless I’m able to take time to watch the replay at some point.

      • natsfan1a - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Dang nesting. I was referring to NatsJack’s take.

  3. Whynat - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    I think there might be a game today. Nats don’t have any problems that winning won’t cure.

  4. wearenationals - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    If you ain’t hustling, you’re doing something wrong!

  5. chaz11963 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Time to move on, folks. Another game to focus on now, and we need this one to split the series.

    • stoatva - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      It is horrifying to think that without a totally unexpected and uncharacteristic wild pitch and catcher error, we would likely be staring another sweep in the face.

      • Sonny G 10 - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        OTOH, if Rendon doesn’t throw away a double play ball, we’d be looking for a sweep today.

      • Sonny G 10 - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        Opps, not a sweep, but a series win.

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