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Posted at 8:42 AM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Bryce Harper on hecklers: 'I like all that bad stuff'

By Cindy Boren

It was either "a small gathering" (Florida Today) or a lone voice (Bill Ladson at MLB.com). Either way, someone was yelling "overrated, overrated" when Bryce Harper came to bat for the Nationals on Monday.

Clever. Yawn. It was no biggie except ... how does an 18-year-old, even a phenomenally talented, wealthy one, deal with that?

"I heard it, you can hear everything out there," Harper said after the Nats beat Houston 14-9 in Space Coast Stadium. "You can't really get into that. I've been hearing it since I was in high school, college. It doesn't get old because I love it. I love hearing it. I love people saying that stuff about me. I like all the bad stuff."

Especially when the good stuff outweighs it: two doubles, two RBIs (for a .308 spring average with four RBIs). Take that, those who would/did heckle.

(via Nationals Enquirer)

By Cindy Boren  | March 8, 2011; 8:42 AM ET
Categories:  Nationals  
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Comments

Funny how hecklers often are the last ones to realize when they're heckling an athlete right into "Eff You" mode. Sometimes heckling backfires terribly.
Please keep it up, anti-Harperites.

Posted by: WaPoPimp | March 8, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

He's growing up fast. I like the fact that he uses negative fans as more motivation (not that he isn't already motivated, he is) to hasten his developement. All stars get used to this and expect it, he'll be no different with the exception that his star will shine brighter than most.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 8, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I am pretty sure the person screaming that was...

OVER WEIGHT

Posted by: Mike4169 | March 8, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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