WASHINGTON -- A day after outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected for throwing his helmet in front of first-base umpire C.B. Bucknor, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Harper reminds him of former infielder Gregg Jefferies, who played for Johnson with the Mets in the late 1980s. Jefferies had a reputation of being a hot head in New York.
"They were very similar," Johnson said.
Johnson insisted that Harper's anger was not directed at Bucknor. To Johnson, Harper was just expressing his emotions about hitting into a double play.
"Everything he does is kind of full bore," Johnson said. "He is not going to lay the helmet down. Just like he is not going to jog to first. I look at things that happen for the best. ... It was better for him to get thrown out than having an equipment violation. And that to me was an equipment violation. ... That's part of learning up here."
Before Wednesday's game, Harper hit himself in the head. Johnson wasn't sure how it happened, but he saw an injury atop the outfielder's head.
"At least he is not tired. He is trying to run into things," Johnson said.