One shouldn't. I just wanted to get your attention.
I was prompted to write this after reading the following particular comment to this recent SI.COM posting ("Cubs' wanna-be tough guys embarrass sport and themselves") on the Cubs behavior on brawl night (Thursday night's game):
Harper's an ass! That showboating punk is gonna be a target his whole career!
It got me to thinking about the reasons for negative comments about Harper, sometimes hateful ones, coming from some baseball fans. Here are the reasons I came up with:
- Harper's aggressive play sometimes out and out embarrasses the opposition and their fans. Stealing home on a pickoff play to first, taking second base on routine singles to the outfield, and scoring from third after being looked back on a fielder's choice play to first on the batter, are some examples. He plays a lot like Jackie Robinson played. It gets under people's skin who have to play against him.
- His youth. Some folks just cannot get their head around his talent at 19 years old. Its ‘unfair' that he is this good at 19, so let's denigrate him on a personal level.
- Envy. I really wish he was on my team, but the Nats have him for many years. Well, crap on them and him.
- The publicity he has gotten, which he does not control, makes some people wanting him to fail. Society tends to build up selected individuals, then some have a desire to see them torn down. This relates back to envy.
I have not seen any showboating by Harper, have any of you? The only issue one could have about him is his temper directed at himself at times.