SCHMIDT ON HARPER’S GAME 5 HR: ‘I CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW’!

By Sally Fahey

If you were impressed by what Bryce Harper has done in the postseason, especially his two-run homer that clinched the Phils’ NLCS series win over the Pads, you’ve got company.

Phillies legend Mike Schmidt, who knows a thing or two about coming through in the clutch.

As described by the New York Times Tyler Kepner:

Mike Schmidt will be in Philly for the World Series games next week.

Last Sunday, from his home in Jupiter, Fla., he watched Bryce Harper connect for the clutch hit that eluded him in that 1980 NLCS when the Phillies slipped past the Astros in a rollicking best-of-five series that featured four extra-inning games. Schmidt was awe-struck when Harper went deep.

“I said to myself, ‘I can’t believe what I just saw,’” Schmidt said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “You don’t see hitters go to the opposite field very often, if ever, to win a game, especially of that magnitude. You have to have total control of yourself to go with the pitch in that situation.

“Normally a guy will pop that up, swing and miss it, hook it to the second baseman, because normally the pressure of the moment takes over and causes you to be over anxious. And to be able to hit that fly ball to left field, it’s almost like he said, ‘Hey, let me show you how to win this game. I want to hit this fly ball to left field.’”

Then Schmidt, the most valuable player of that World Series against Kansas City, gave Harper a powerful compliment.

“That guy,” Schmidt said, “he is one of, if not the, greatest performer under pressure I’ve ever seen.”

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