Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., may not agree on much, but they do adore Bryce Harper.
Before turning to the business of the day, Reid and McConnell spoke on the floor about last night’s injury to the young Washington Nationals outfielder. He crashed into a wall in the fifth inning during a game at Dodger Stadium, in what looked initially like a horrifying hit.
“The Republican leader and I just spent a minute commiserating on the fact that we follow — both of us very closely — the Washington Nationals, and we talk often about how they fare on a given day, and we talk about the Las Vegas young man Bryce Harper often, because he’s really a phenomenon in baseball,” Reid said.
“He’s chasing a ball at full speed and runs into the wall full speed,” Reid said. “I’ll talk to his mom or dad and find out how he’s doing, but he crashed into that wall.”
Harper, now in his second season with the D.C. baseball team, is a Las Vegas native. On the local broadcast in Los Angeles last night, legendary broadcaster Vin Scully compared Harper to Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Al Kaline.
“This kid is the most incredible competitor I’ve ever seen, and the game is on the west coast, and I don’t know whether my friend stayed up that late or not, but I didn’t stay up late enough to get the — the crash into the wall,” McConnell said. “When you speak to his mother, remind her that this is one thing leaders on both sides of the aisle fully agree on.”
Niels Lesniewski has covered the Senate for CQ Roll Call since January 2010, and more recently as a staff writer and resident procedure guru for Roll Call. Niels holds degrees in both government and theater but sometimes can't tell the difference between the two. @nielslesniewski
Meredith Shiner has covered Senate leadership, legislation and everything in between for Roll Call since joining in June 2011, having previously covered Congress and national politics for Politico. @meredithshiner