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On Sunday it was Shane Victorino going hard into the right-field wall at Fenway Park and yesterday it was Bryce Harper who flung himself into the outfield wall in Los Angeles. Did warning track technology suddenly stop working?
In Harper's defense, that lighted scoreboard with a protective covering of sorts does appear to create a bit of a depth issue. Still, you have to at least put your hands up when you're on the track that long and have some feel for the wall, don't you? Not a well-played ball there, Harper.
Fellow outfielder Denard Span described what it looked like from his vantage point. From MLB.com:
"I saw him get close to the wall," Span said. "I thought he was going to try and jump and brace himself, maybe, and attempt to get the ball. He ran into the wall. He had no idea where he was. As soon as he ran into it, it was like his body locked up. I never saw anyone run into the wall like that."
Harper is apparently day-to-day.
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I will keep playing this game hard for the rest of my life even if it kills me! Ill never stop! #RespectTheGame
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) May 14, 2013