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Harper on Braves fans: 'Live for the booing'

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07:11 AM ET 08.19 | In the eyes of Bryce Harper, it's a compliment, of sorts. [Harper] got a villain's welcome in Atlanta this weekend. He got hit by two pitches in the first game of the series. He heard fans applaud after those two plunkings, even the one that came on a pitch near his head. He got booed every time he came to the plate or recorded an out in the field. But all that didn't seem to affect Harper's view of the Braves' fan base in general. "I love these fans. I really do," Harper said after [Sunday's] 2-1 Nationals loss. ... "I love when the crowd goes crazy and they boo me. I live for that situation. I think a lot of guys do. Just like the old commercials, 'We live for this.' Live for the booing, and (when) they're going crazy, it makes me a better player."

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August 19, 2013  07:46 AM ET

Lots of empty seats among those "fans". The team has a great record and are sitting in first place but most of the league draws better crowds.

August 19, 2013  07:48 AM ET
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Lots of empty seats among those "fans". The team has a great record and are sitting in first place but most of the league draws better crowds.

Same thing when they make it to the post-season.

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August 19, 2013  09:18 AM ET

The kid gave a good answer.

August 19, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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The kid gave a good answer.

Any competitor worth their salt will be energized by the away crowd showing so much distaste....

August 19, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Lots of empty seats among those "fans". The team has a great record and are sitting in first place but most of the league draws better crowds.

That's not unique to the Braves. There are plenty of teams with great records with comparable attendance figures.

August 19, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Get used to it Bryce Boy, that's what makes them the 10th Player!!!

August 19, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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but most of the league draws better crowds.

They sit at 15th, so technically this is false.

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August 19, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

They sit at 15th, so technically this is false.

Unless he meant the NL when he said "the league."

August 19, 2013  11:27 AM ET
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these fans needs to get some class and act like mature adults and not some sniveling, petty, spoiled children with no appreciation for true baseball and higher standards.

Smell my finger.

August 19, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Unless he meant the NL when he said "the league."

Yes. This is true.

<wipes egg of face>

August 19, 2013  12:48 PM ET

everything its part of the game except,,,when the pitchers throw to the players heads,
that means something bad is about to happen,,,,

August 19, 2013  01:58 PM ET

Harper's production has yet to match the hype. He's got the skills but somehow it's not translating to the games.

August 19, 2013  03:08 PM ET
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They sit at 15th, so technically this is false.

they are 8th in the NL

August 19, 2013  03:12 PM ET
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these fans also brought shame upon their entire state last season in the playoff game when they threw garbage and refuse onto the field. even I was appalled and sickened and I live several states away. these fans needs to get some class and act like mature adults and not some sniveling, petty, spoiled children with no appreciation for true baseball and higher standards.

appalled? sickened? lighten up francis.

August 19, 2013  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Harper's production has yet to match the hype. He's got the skills but somehow it's not translating to the games.

.268/.349/.486/.835

That's pretty damn good for a 20-year-old kid.

August 19, 2013  03:31 PM ET
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they are 8th in the NL

Unless you count all eight of the NL teams ahead of the Braves in attendance, in which case, they're 9th.

August 19, 2013  03:51 PM ET
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Unless you count all eight of the NL teams ahead of the Braves in attendance, in which case, they're 9th.

baseball-reference.com has them at 8th. if they're 9th on another site, then so be it.

 
August 19, 2013  04:09 PM ET
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baseball-reference.com has them at 8th. if they're 9th on another site, then so be it.

I got it from ESPN.com.

Total attendance figures were identical. I realized the difference is B-R.com ranks on total attendance and ESPN.com ranks based on average per game.

Cincinnati has less total attendance, but has played four fewer games.

So, we're both right. We should e-hug.

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