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Ozzie Guillen says Bryce Harper disrespected him during Sunday's game.
"I like this kid," Guillen said. "I think this kid is good for baseball. He's going to be better. But if this kid continues to do that [stuff], he might not make it. Because they're going to fool around with the wrong guy, and that wrong guy will kick his ass. He might not make it."
That was merely one of several verbal shots fired by Guillen at Harper and Nationals manager Davey Johnson one day after the relatively minor pine tar incident between the two clubs.
During the first inning of Sunday's game, Guillen noticed Harper had pine tar well up onto the barrel of his bat. Rule 1.10(c) prohibits the application of it any more than 18 inches from the bat's handle. Guillen says he informed plate umpire Marty Foster and Nationals third base coach Bo Porter and requested Harper use another bat.