Bryce Harper should not subscribe to the Hakuna Matata philosophy.
As an alternative of selecting to haven’t any worries for the remainder of his days, because the “Lion King” recommends, Harper let a fan irritate him Friday as he and the Phillies stood within the customer’s dugout in Atlanta.
Twitter consumer @LeGates23 posted a video Friday of himself yelling, “Bryce, you’ll never be as good as Acuna. As hard as you try, you’ll never be as good as him.”
Besides @LeGates23, whose actual identify is just not recognized, butchered the pronunciation of Ronald Acuña Jr., the Braves star outfielder.
The video reveals Harper flip round to appropriate the pronunciation, as lip-reading sleuths identified him responding, “It’s ah-CUHN-ya” as he makes a hand gesture to indicate the place the tilde belongs.
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto was standing subsequent to Harper and cracked a smile on the type of unusual interplay that was lacking from stadiums in every single place when the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions had been at their tightest.
@LeGates23 appears to be having fun with the eye and backlash. Right here’s a sampling of his Tweets within the final 12 hours:
“Lol y’all mad at me for pronouncing a name wrong, but yet a professional player focused on a trolling fan instead of the game he was losing….. YALL FOLKS FUNNY & THANKS FOR BLOWING THE VIDEO UP!!!”
“Y’all notice how he “corrected” how I stated his identify…. not that he was higher.”
“I was NEVER good in Spanish class…. teacher used to anyways tell me “mas or menos” after I answered my questions. Oh properly, come se cube “I love @ronaldacunajr24.”
“I CALL HIM RAJ!!!!!!”
It’s often not a good suggestion for athletes to let hecklers get below their pores and skin, however let’s name this one a draw. Credit score Harper for the artistic comeback as a result of followers ought to know the best way to pronounce the names of gamers on their favourite crew, however Harper was 0-for-2 so possibly the fan distracted the slugger simply sufficient to assist the Braves to an 8-1 win.