Bryce Harper got kicked in the head while sliding into second (GIF)
Many experts have chosen Bryce Harper as their favorite to win the National League MVP this season, and hardly anybody would be shocked if that happened. He just needs to stay healthy. Getting kicked in the head on Opening Day isn’t the start he was hoping for.
Harper was inadvertently kicked in the head by New York Mets second baseman Eric Young Jr. while he was sliding into second base. He remained down for a few minutes after the collision but was able to walk off the field under his own power. He returned to his position in the outfield the following inning. Breathe, Nationals fans.
Here’s an angle that shows how hard the kick was, courtesy of The Big Lead:
Because of his playing style, Harper had a difficult time remaining healthy last season. He left a game last may after crashing face-first into the outfield wall trying to make a catch. Monday’s scary moment had nothing to do with his style of play, but it certainly isn’t what Nats fans wanted to see right out of the gate. He’s fortunate to be OK.
GIF via @cjzero