Is “Ozzie Guillen Vs. Bryce Harper” The Most Predictable Feud In Baseball History?
Bryce Harper is intense and has an attitude about him that some find abrasive. Ozzie Guillen is intense and has an attitude about him that some find abrasive. The Nationals and Marlins play each other 19 times a year. Given all that, a feud between these two was probably inevitable - and yesterday, the inevitable happened.
The cause, apparently: pine tar. Guillen thought Harper's bat had too much on it (maybe Harper was just trying to imitate George Brett, one of his baseball idols), so he complained to the umpire. Harper had a new bat the next time he walked to the plate, but also apparently gestured toward Guillen (or Guillen thought he did, anyway), in a way the Marlins' manager didn't like. Soon enough, this was happening:
For what it's worth, neither party was willing to go into much detail after the fact about what went on (Guillen called Harper unprofessional but didn't specify why, while Harper called Guillen "a great manager to play for"), so they both sound pretty content to leave their brief flap behind. Too bad for us, since an ongoing Harper-Guillen feud would probably be good for a few entertaining blowups a year, at least. Then again, Harper and Guillen should both be around for a while. There's still time.
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