Ozzie Guillen is no stranger to controversy, and Bryce Harper has made some headlines of his own in a three-month-old career, though he tried to lay low in his battle with the Marlins manager this weekend.
On Sunday, Guillen accused the Washington Nationals outfielder of using too much pine-tar on his bat. So to apologize and make amends, Harper sent Guillen an autographed bat. The catch is, he just signed the bat and had no idea who it was intended for. It's common for players to get autographs for each other. The Nats’ Adam LaRoche completed the rest of the message, then smeared it with pine-tar and sent it to Guillen.
“To my hero, Ozzie, love you.”
Guillen laughed it off before his Marlins took on the Cubs, and said he knew some players on the Nationals’ were poking fun at him.
Guillen also said he has nothing against Harper, who he thinks is good for the game. But Guillen also said that Harper is still immature and needs to learn from his mistakes.
“I think what he did, maybe he did because he's a kid. I hope he learned from that,” Guillen told MLB.com. "His manager said I was trying to intimidate him. I wasn't. That was the last thing on my mind. I hope he learned from that and moved on."
Baseball has long been a game of pranks during downtime, and Harper should know this is all in good fun. There shouldn't be any bad blood between the two and I'm sure they can laugh about it when they meet next.(h/t to USA Today)