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Bryce Harper documentary airs Tuesday 9 p.m. ET on ESPN

Apr 28, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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It’s called “Bryce Begins.” Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post explains:

The film draws on MLB Productions’s access to the imagery and behind-the-scenes footage of Harper’s time with the Nats, and the hundreds of hours [filmmaker Jess Atkinson] spent with Harper and his family in 12 different cities over the past two years. It draws on a half-dozen lengthy sit-down interviews with Harper, countless casual encounters, and interviews with Harper’s father Ron, agent Scott Boras, high school coach Sam Thomas, teammate Ryan Zimmerman, [Cal Ripken, Jr.], Mike Trout and many others.

Sounds like it will be worth checking out. Harper, who doesn’t turn 21 years old until mid-October, entered play Sunday with an outrageous .373/.453/.783 slash line in 95 plate appearances. He is on pace for 62 homers and 122 RBI.

  1. jerze2387 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    When he was coming up and with all the hype, i thought 2 things: he’ll never live up to it and will slack his way through, and that he’d be immature. He has proven me wrong on both counts.

    The kid does everything the right way, plays hard, works, has shown maturity for a kid his age and is living up to the hype. He has become my favorite player, the only one to get that designation since Griffey Jr.

    Kudos to Harper.

    • flamethrower101 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      He’s definitely a lot of fun to watch. He’s still so young yet he has played like a 10-year veteran. It’s unlikely he’ll keep this massive pace up, but if he did he’d make Mike Trout’s 2012 campaign look like Juan Uribe’s whole career.

      • beefytrout - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        Are you saying he will make House Party 2 look like House Party 3?

      • jerze2387 - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        or he could get better due to getting wiser. The only concern i see is either injuy or wearing himself out playing at 110% nightly

    • jayquintana - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      I also bought the media reports about him. He sounded like an entitled brat. That doesn’t seem to be the case at all. He’s been great for the Nats and the league.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Some fun facts about Harper, as he just passed his first full calendar year in the bigs:

    Career – .284/.356/.518, 138 wRC+, 6.2 fWAR
    .234 ISO (Fielder = .233 ISO)
    with 31 HR, 5th all time through age 20 season (tied with Teddy Ballgame). He’s 11 HR away from Mel Ott (leader) with 5 months to go

    courtesy of Dave Cameron at fangraphs:

    • jerze2387 - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Funny you should mention Fielder in comparison..i just traded firlder for him straiight up in my fantasy league. Probably the only player id do that with. Mad i drafted mike trout #1 and not harper.

  3. mybrunoblog - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Maybe Sports Illustated was right back in 2009. Harper is the chosen one.

  4. moogro - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    “Batman Harper” was already taken.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Awesome! I’m waiting for the fight in a Himalayan Castle against 100 ninjas! (Obviously the leader will be Ruben Amaro Jr.)

  6. js20011041 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    I’ll echo some of the comments on here. When I first heard about Harper, I hated him. I thought he was going to be an arrogant prick. Now, I can’t speak for his personality off the field, but as far as what shows up on the field, he couldn’t be a better representative for MLB. He has absolutely proven me wrong. All he does is play hard. And for a 20 year old, the quality of the at bats is what’s most impressive. The plate discipline is incredible for someone his age. Also, you can see him make adjustments in an at bat. He’ll swing over a curveball early in an at bat, and then the next one he sees later in the at bat, he’s right on it. He’s fun to watch.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      I’ll echo some of the comments on here. When I first heard about Harper, I hated him. I thought he was going to be an arrogant prick

      If you want to torture yourself, read this old thread when he was brought up, after the Cole Hamels HBP. So many people thought Harper was this terrible person who was going to be a punk in the bigs. Many of those also don’t seem to comment here any more…

  7. schmedley69 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I hate the Nats, but have to hand it to the kid. He is a once in a lifetime kind of player. He’s is living up to the hype and then some. Unlike Strasburg.

    • js20011041 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:04 PM


      It’s still early in his career, but sandwiched around a TJ surgery, he’s got a career 2.96 ERA, 2.57 FIP (outstanding), and an ERA plus of 132. He’s been great. Just because he hasn’t been historically great, that doesn’t make him a disappointment.

      • schmedley69 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Yes, he has been good, but not great, which means he hasn’t really lived up to the hype, which had him being the real life incarnation of Syd Finch. He’s not even the hottest or youngest pitching phenom in his own division anymore, with the arrival of Matt Harvey. There is no denying that Strasburg is talented, but with the elbow problems and the fact that a lot of scouts think that he will get hurt again with his mechanics, I’m not so sure that Strasburg will be around for the long haul. Harper, on the other hand, is more than likely going to be a star of epic proportions for years to come.

      • js20011041 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Do yourself a favor. If you hear anyone, be it a scout, a player, GM, manager/coach, Jesus Christ, tell you they know that a pitcher is going to get hurt because of their mechanics, just file it away and know that that person is full of shit. Baseball as an industry has ZERO clue as to why pitchers get hurt. No clue. It’s all guesswork.

        I agree with your last point, but not because Strasburg has had TJ surgery. If two players are anywhere close in terms of talent, the position player is always going to be the safer bet. It’s not just that pitchers get hurt and we don’t know why. It’s that pitchers are much more likely to lose whatever it is that makes them special and we don’t know why.

  8. seahawks19081 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Being a Phillies fan it kills me to say this, but I like this kid. He plays the game the right way and has fun doing it. I hope he has a long career and lives up to the hype for many more years. Except when he plays my Phils.

  9. piesfan1 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    This guy is a freak. He’s the type of guy who you want at your ball club simply due to his work ethic. In a 162 game season he will try and beat out every throw to first, resulting in an extra 20 or so base hits, and with the quality of the nationals lineup he can potentially add about 10 more runs manafactured completely by his effort. These small things can be the difference between winning the division or getting a team to the 6th or 7th game of the NLCS or World series. Plus, he can smash the ball to all fields.

  10. darthicarus - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Hopefully ESPN has this available to stream online, joining the ranks of not having cable recently I’m still getting used to not being able to watch stuff like this easily.

  11. dexterismyhero - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    The 2nd Charlie Hustle!!! Just stay away from the horse & dog tracks.

  12. 13arod - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    won’t miss it

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