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Bryce Harper already made his home debut. Sorta.

May 1, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

Via Nats Enquirer, here’s Bryce Harper making his Washington debut. While playing softball in front of the Washington Monument.

Note how selective he is with the pitches. I see stardom in this kid’s future.

  1. randygnyc - May 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    During a game this weekend, Vin Scully’s said on his broadcast that when Bryce was 12 he was in a baseball tournament. He was playing on a field with fences 290 feet away (reminder, he’s 12 and playing with older kids). So Harper goes 12 for 12, with 11 homeruns. It’s amazing how this kid has survived/thrived under microscopic scrutiny for his entire life.

  2. Gobias Industries - May 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    It’s going to be fun when 19-year-old Bryce Harper faces 49-year-old Jamie Moyer for the first time. Until Harper catches Moyer’s 43 MPH fastball and tosses it back to him. Then it’s gonna get awkward.

  3. Jonny 5 - May 1, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Who needs a catcher?

  4. rooney24 - May 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Pretty horrible results, if that is indeed Harper.

    • natstowngreg - May 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Seen once in a slow-pitch softball game for charity, featuring MLB players. Rod Carew could hit a Major League fastball pretty much at will, but the softball messed up his timing so much he barely got his bat on it.

  5. Lukehart80 - May 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Craig, are you trying to portray Harper as a likeable young man? Get with the previously approved narrative, man!

    • akismet-e6748cca3a16ea6e8283008d25583adc - May 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Hear hear! I’m so tired of the lazy narrative that Harper is some evil arrogant pr*ck. He got booed during his debut at-bat! If “hustle” and “talent” translates to “arrogant” and “entitled” by sportswriters who never bother to interview or see the kid play himself, then (as a Nats fan) I’ll take it 7 days a week and twice sunday. You want to denigrate the kid? Fine; be fair to him and go interview him. Don’t just regurgitate what other uninformed writers day.

  6. yankeesfanlen - May 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Did he get his Dad’s 70s designer jeans? Might have another Rasmus on our hands.

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