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.
The Washington Nationals – powered by MLBbros Josh Bell and Josh Harrison – Beat the New York Yankees 11-4 on Friday night, earning their fourth win in six games.
Bell, the big swinging first baseman Josh Bell got things started for the Nats with a solo blast in the top of the second inning. The 423-foot shot was almost the newest addition to the famed monument park in center field.
With two on, he yoked a fastball over the left field wall that took a one-run lead and grew it to four, as part of a six-run outburst that put the game out of reach.
Harrison walked and scored again in the ninth, finishing the game with a team-high .325 batting average.
The follow through was beautiful. You can’t blame Josh for admiring that work of art.
Even better was the look on the face of Jonathan Loaisiga. He just had to wait for it to land.
Loaisiga must have been confused. He had given up three runs all season, and Harrison gets three of them in one stroke.
More of this baseball. The vibe. The audacity. The unapologetic flex of it all.
Yes, the Yankees had been the story as of late, but Giancarlo Stanton’s hitting streak ended at 12 games, and New York has lost two in a row.
Out of the spotlight, the Nationals have begun to warm up and both Bell and Harrison have been right in the middle of it all.
Bell has been one of the National Leagues’ top power hitters since bursting onto the scene in 2017 with 26 home runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he’s starting to feel more welcome in the nation’s capital.
As the first month of this season came to a close, Bell refound the pop in his bat. Over his last seven games, he’s racked up three extra-base hits, with two of those becoming souvenirs.
Another former Pirate, Harrison is on pace for a career year hitting in the two-hole for Washington. He’s gone without picking up a hit only five times in 2021. Harrison has already matched his 2020 home run output and topped his season totals in hits, runs, and walks.
The Nationals are only two games back of the Philadelphia Phillies. They still have a lot of the elements to contend for the playoffs. With Harrison helping to set the table, Bell is going to have plenty of opportunities to eat.
Josh Harrison, the Washington Nationals’ versatile utility, infielder is reportedly one of 10 players in the team’s COVID-19 protocol and remains quarantined.
Harrison is on a list that reportedly includes Kyle Schwarber, John Lester and Alex Avilar.
Schwarber, Lester, Jos and Avila are among the players expected to be sidelined if the Nationals begin play early next week, reports Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post. Four Nats players have tested positive for the coronavirus, while five more are currently in quarantine as close contacts.
Washington had their season-opening series in D.C. derailed for the second consecutive season due to COVID-19 after multiple days of positive tests.
The Nationals had their series with the New York Mets postponed April 2 after another round of positive tests.
When Harrison joined the Athletics, he knew he would be in a position to help this team make a playoff push.
Harrison has put together some key at bats in August and going into September. The utility man is on a three-game hitting streak and is looking to build off that as the season nears an end.
He’s had a lot of production at the leadoff spot for the Athletics and has put the team in multiple positions to win games.
“Well, part of it is the team’s looking for you to be a spark,” Harrison told Yahoo Sports. “Whether that’s get on base, having a good at-bat, you get a chance to get things started.”
As a leadoff hitter, the team expects you to do whatever you have to do to get in scoring position during the game.
You set the tone as a leadoff hitter and when you’re having success at the top of the lineup, good things will happen.
“At the end of the day, as long as we’re having good at-bats, one through nine and, as you mentioned, being the leadoff man, top of the order, getting things started, Oly came through a nice clutch double, Marte hit a home run,” Harrison said. “More than anything, it’s going to take one through nine, if we can jump out early and set with hitters up front, I think — I don’t want to say it makes the job easier — you still got to play 27 outs, it’s all about getting to that pitcher and getting to that bullpen.”
Every game is important for the Athletics and there’s no doubt that Harrison will continue to put the Athletics in a position to get into the postseason.
In his 11th season, Harrison still has the skillset to play at high level. There’s a reason why he’s still a hot commodity and why the Athletics sought out to acquire him.
It’s going to be a battle for the final two American League Wild Card spots and the Athletics are going to look for players like Harrison to help them emerge victorious.