Holden & Danny: Bill Ripken Thinks Harper Had Unfair Hype, But Lived Up To It
Former major leaguer and current MLB Network studio analyst, Bill Ripken, joined the Holden and Danny Show on Wednesday. Ripken discussed a wide variety of topics and gave his world series preview as well.
Ripken was very complimentary of the Washington Nationals as an organization, and made mention of how they handled the Stephen Strasburg situation.
“Davey Johnson is a man of conviction and stuck with his gut [with Stephen Strasburg],” said Ripken. “I think he has taken a lot of shots, a lot of them unfair, but I give him [Davey Johnson] credit for sticking to his gut.”
Ripken went on about the organization, and discussed how young phenom Bryce Harper adjusted to a new position in his first year in the majors.
“I like the presence he has in centerfield … and you’ll never have to light a fire under him because he already has it,” said Ripken. He continued to say that Harper had an unfair amount of hype surrounding him, but somehow managed to live up to it.
Ripken also broke down the impending World Series matchup between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers. He joked that he made his picks solely to go against his counterparts in the studio. Ultimately, Ripken said he liked Detroit to win.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Detroit rolled them, but in San Francisco its tough to do it against four quality starting pitchers.” Ripken claimed.