Bryce Harper helped guide the Washington Nationals to a 6-1 win over the Miami Marlins Wednesday night despite feeling incredibly ill.
Harper required intravenous fluids before the game, vomited once between innings, and repeatedly bent over in discomfort in between pitches before he stepped back in the batter's box.
"I didn't feel very good at all," Harper said. "Getting in the box and swinging made my head spin a little bit."
The phenom missed Tuesday's game, an 8-2 defeat to the Marlins, because of flu-like symptoms, but he said he didn't want to miss again in the series finale.
"I wanted to play," he said. "My team needed me out there. I thought I could help the team win. I didn't really care if I was sick or not."
Perhaps the reigning National League Rookie of the Year should play under the weather more often. The 20-year-old pounded out four hits in five at-bats to raise his season batting average to .364. He also added an RBI and a run scored to the winning cause.
"I thought Harper was going to die every time he went up there, and he got another hit," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "He didn't have a smile on his face the whole game. But I'll give him off Thursday."