Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper Finds Destroying Your Idols Is Not Always Easy.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees talks with Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals during the game at Nationals Park on June 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

"I thought [Bryce Harper] was probably really amped up," Davey Johnson told reporters after Saturday's game, "and he came in there against [Andy] Pettitte, I've never seen him chase balls out of the zone. I mean he was chasing balls. He got in that mode and tried to make something happen and that's part of the youth. Some other guys would get runners in scoring position and we're swinging at balls not anywhere close to the strike zone. It's inexperience, you know. Other guy is in a jam we don't have to help him out and we helped him out."

"This is probably [Harper's] first really tough game," Johnson continued, "Where he was chasing balls and over-anxious and that's showing some of his inexperience. But again, that's young guys trying to do too much." Harper's teammates didn't fare too much better against Pettitte, who allowed just two runs in seven innings with both of them coming on a broken bat, two-run double by Jesus Flores in the second. The Nationals as a team went 2 for 10 with RISP in Saturday's extra inning loss which saw them strand 11 baserunners in what was a 3-3 tie until Mark Teixeira broke up the deadlock in the top of the fourteenth...

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