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From Wrigley walking to umpire trash-talking: Bryce Harper's bizarre 30 hours

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Did Harper cross a line? (2:21)

The Baseball Tonight crew debates whether Bryce Harper went too far in arguing with umpire Brian Knight in Monday's Tigers-Nationals game and if the attitude is something he'll grow out of. (2:21)

Let's admit it: A lot of baseball players are boring. Maybe most. Not boring to watch, mind you; the game is as exciting as ever, maybe more so. But the success of the New York Yankees in the 1990s made the game less interesting in one regard: Those Yankees made the game much more corporate. Derek Jeter became one of the greatest players of all time without ever saying anything remotely compelling.

Bryce Harper, however, is not boring. Heck, just check out what happened from Sunday afternoon through Monday night.

1. Ties major league record with six walks in a game

Here's Harper's pitch log from the game Sunday:

Ball, ball, ball ball

Strike looking, ball, ball, ball, ball

Ball, ball, ball, ball (intentional)

Hit by pitch

Ball, ball, strike looking, ball, ball

Ball, ball, ball, ball (intentional)

Ball, ball, ball, ball (intentional)

That's 27 pitches, 25 balls. He didn't swing the bat once. And those first three plate appearances came against Cubs ace Jake Arrieta. The day before, Harper walked three times and hit a sacrifice fly. He also walked in his final plate appearance Friday, so he went 13 plate appearances in a row without an official at-bat.

So Harper tied Jeff Bagwell, Hank Sauer and Jimmie Foxx with those six walks, and everyone got all buzzed up about it. Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark called it "scared" baseball. Joe Posnanski wrote that MLB has an intentional walk problem.

Of course, the strategy worked -- the Cubs swept the series. "There's really nothing to react to," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday. "If you're a Cubs fan, you love it. If you're not, you don't, necessarily. It was a strategy in the game based on how they built their group. ... The best way I can put it is, 'I didn't do anything to them.'"

2. Gives jar of money to a homeless woman outside Wrigley Field

A security worker for the Cubs posted a story on Facebook saying she saw Harper leave the team bus after Sunday's game and walk over to give a homeless woman a jar of money. I'm guessing it was bills and not coins, since I'm pretty sure major league players don't carry loose change in their pockets. The story seems a bit apocryphal -- what, Harper just happened to have an empty jar sitting around? -- but Nationals beat writer Chelsea Janes confirmed:

So, there you go. Bryce Harper: maybe a good dude after all.

3. Harper's doppelganger spotted in the stands before Monday's Tigers-Nationals game

Maybe the Nationals should sign this guy and bat him behind Harper.

4. Intentionally walked again!

In Monday's game against the Tigers, the game was tied in the seventh inning, and the Nationals had runners on first and third with two outs. The Tigers gave Harper the free pass, and Ryan Zimmerman popped out to end the threat. There were 37 intentional walks last season with runners on first and third, but oddly this was the first of 2016.

5. Ejected from the game

Finally, Harper topped off his whirlwind 30 (or so) hours by getting ejected from the game in the ninth inning ... while in the dugout.

Clint Robinson followed the ejection with a pinch-hit, walk-off home run, so all turned out OK for the Nationals. In fact ... Harper rushed back onto the field during the celebration to get in more words with umpire Brian Knight.

"I was pretty upset," Harper said after the game. "I think I was right to do that. Let him hear what I have to say, let him hear it again, and so what? Couple choice words. If I do [get fined], I do. I'll pay it. So I think it deserves to, you know, maybe he'll get fined, too. So we'll see."

I guess all this leaves us with this possibility: