Josh Harrison turned 34 earlier during the month of July. And it’s safe to say that he can still play ball with the best of them.
This month, Harrison has been hot at the plate and has been one of the top hitters for the Washington Nationals.
Josh Harrison: RBI single to make it 2-0. Scores the next run to make it 3-0. pic.twitter.com/s8LAofPawd
— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) July 18, 2021
The veteran has not lost his touch and it’s evident by the way he’s been swinging the bat.
Since returning from the All-Star break, Harrison has been on a five-game hitting streak.
During that time he has collected nine hits with three RBI.
He also had back-to-back games with three hits against the San Diego Padres. Throughout his career, Harrison showed that he is a quality hitter.
Josh Bell drives in Trea Turner!
Josh Harrison doubles home Juan Soto!
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 18, 2021
Through 993 games, he has a career batting average of .274 and a slugging percentage of .402.
This season he is batting .282 through 82 games. Before the All-Star break, Harrison was seeing the ball well at the plate.
He was hitting .271 before the break and had another hit streak earlier in July. Harrison had a four-game hitting streak from July 6th to July 9th.
So far July has been a good month for Harrison, especially at the plate.
While Harrison has been having success at the plate, he’s also been having a little fun with the fans.
In a series against the San Diego Padres, Harrison had some interaction with some fans.
“It’s good banter,” Harrison said on the MASN postgame show July 7th. “Nothing, you know, that’s too harsh. Good talk. They’re cheering for their team, but I’m talking trash back. I don’t really get to get out there too often, so when they talk trash, [the way] my family grew up, if you can dish it, you’ve got to be able to take it. I’m just giving them a little taste of their own medicine, and I think I got them a little bit.”
For Harrison, he enjoys the interaction and it’s all part of the game to him.
“Given how last season was, no fans, being back out there, it just feels good to have them out there, whether they’re rooting for you or not,” he said.
“They’ve been good sports, trying to get me out of my game, thinking they’re getting in my head. It’s always a lot easier to have the last laugh with the win.”
The fan interaction is a plus for Harrison and he’s been doing his thing at the plate too.
Having fans in attendance makes the game that much better and the atmosphere is one to remember.
Harrison is in his second season with the Nationals and he’s become a fan favorite, especially during the past few months this season.
He is a player you want on your team because he brings experience and is a leader in the dugout.
This is why the Nationals went after Harrison, his ability to hit the ball adds value to their lineup and he can play the infield or outfield.
Harrison is a player you want to keep an eye out for especially this second half of the season. He can help the Nationals in a big way.