“It was kind of mind-boggling because he doesn’t give up homers,” Houston Manager Dusty Baker said. “He usually keeps the ball in the ballpark. He wasn’t satisfied with it. We were very surprised by it.”
The eye-raising moment that went viral came five batters into the game. Harper had just blasted the homer, Nick Castellanos was in the batter’s box and Alex Bohm was on deck when Harper hollered from the dugout: “Hey Bohmer! Bohmer! I may have something! Hey!”
Bohm came back to the dugout railing and Harper leaned in for several seconds of intense conversation. Castellanos ended the inning with a ground ball, but Bohm started the second inning by belting McCullers’s first pitch, a 93-mile-per-hour fastball, over the left-field fence.
Harper did not go into what he said, but he did acknowledge that the exchange happened.
“I think anytime you have information you want to be able to give that to your teammates at any point,” Harper said.