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Ozzie Guillen Received An Autographed Bryce Harper Bat From The Nationals As A Prank

July 18, 2012 – Evan Stambaugh

As you have probably heard, Ozzie Guillen had a big fuss about the possible pine tar on Bryce Harper’s bat on Sunday, calling him “unprofessional.” So, the Nationals have lightened the situation with a pretty funny prank.

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche had Harper, without knowing what LaRoche was intending to actually do, sign a baseball bat for him. Then after that, LaRoche wrote, “To my hero, Ozzie, love you,” next to the autograph. The Nationals then smeared pine tar all over the bat and had it delivered to Ozzie.

You might have thought that Guillen would’ve had another hissy fit, but he didn’t. He actually loved the prank.

“It was funny,” Guillen said. “I’ve got a few friends on their side. All those guys were making fun of me. I found out later they made the kid sign the bat. They put the rest.

Guillen noted that he remains a fan of Harper, and he considers the pine-tar issue over.

“To make this thing clear, I don’t have anything against the kid,” Guillen said. “I don’t. Whatever happened, happened. Whatever I say, I say. Whatever my reaction was, it was. But I think this kid is going to be good for the game. No doubt. This kid is very good. We need players like that to come out and play the game right. That’s good. I think what he did, maybe he did because he’s a kid. I hope he learned from that.

“His manager said I was trying to intimidate him. I wasn’t. That was the last thing on my mind. I hope he learned from that and moved on.”



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