There’s definitely something special about Washington Nationals sophomore sensation Bryce Harper. The No. 1 overall pick in 2010 is on an absolute tear after earning All-Star honors as a rookie and is well on pace to winning the NL MVP award this season. He’s becoming a truly elite player as he went 4-5 on Wednesday night despite suffering from the flu that made him vomit between innings.
Harper literally left the dugout to hurl during the short breaks and had to have an IV during the game, but that didn’t stop him from recording a pair of doubles to go along with one RBI and one run scored. This kid showed why he was called the LeBron James of baseball at age 16 and obviously garnered comparisons to Michael Jordan‘s infamous “flu game” in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.
Bryce Harper flu game > Michael Jordan flu game
— Harrison Goodman (@GoodmanHarrison) April 18, 2013
Harper is batting .364 for the season with five home runs and 11 RBI with a .417 on-base percentage. The scariest part is he’s only 20 years old an at this rate, he’s going to be considered one of the greatest of all time. It’s still very early, but most players don’t get this good this quickly into their careers. He got his GED so he could begin his pro baseball career early, then battled the heckling from literally everyone at the College of Southern Nevada and is now handling his fame like a veteran. According to the social media posts like the one above, recording a solid performance with an illness apparently makes an athlete a legend.