You can count four or five steps on the warning track by Bryce Harper before he crashes into the wall at Dodger Stadium in Monday’s game -- four or five steps on the warning track, which is called that for precisely the reason the name implies. Fielders can feel the change in their footing and are able to estimate, without looking down, how close they are to the fence.
So Harper either wasn’t cognizant that he had sprinted onto new ground or else, more likely, he simply ignored all the sensory information gathered in his pursuit of A.J. Ellis’ long fly ball. Harper collapsed onto the warning track and had to come out of the game and get 11 stitches. He was bleeding all over the place, his manager said.
Harper is one of the best young players we have ever seen, and his habit of going all out all the time is why he’s fun to watch -- and why the Nationals should be concerned, and probably already are.