In Game 2 at St. Louis, Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper applied a large amount of eye black to his face for the glaring afternoon sun.
Yesterday in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals, Harper wore special contacts to reduce the sun’s effects and to see the ball clearer. It just so happens that the contacts make his eyes look red.
Harper is looking for every advantage he can get. He was batting .100 (1-for-10) heading into Game 3 of the NLDS.
Years ago, former All-Star Brian Roberts had this to say about the contacts: “You’re able to focus and see the spin and rotation of the ball better. But it freaks people out. You kind of look like Satan.”
The Baltimore Orioles are one of the hottest teams in baseball and lead the American League East at 25-14 but they’ve been doing it without All-Star second baseman Brian Roberts. In fact Roberts hasn’t played for the Orioles officially in one full year due to concussions and the lingering symptoms.
Throughout his recovery, Roberts has repeatedly said he’s focused only on the next day, that recovering from a concussion doesn’t have much of a timetable. Roberts said Thursday that he’s thought about the date and about being out of the game for a full year.
“I thought about it a lot today, actually,” Roberts said before the Orioles’ series opener in Kansas City. “It’s one of those things you try to look back on and see what you’ve learned and what God’s tried to teach you through it. I think it happened for a reason. He’s in control of it, but at the same time, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t been extremely hard and very frustrating at times, but at the same time, I’m very grateful for where I am today.”
Roberts,34, is in his third season of a four-year, $40 million contract.