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Bryce Harper

August 17, 2010 by staff 

Bryce Harper, Baseball fans can win two ways. Your computer may be large. Or a player can be so sublime that performance, year after year, almost every day for six months at a time, gives so much pleasure that his art really rivals accumulated individual victory.

On average, a 30-team sport, people come to hold a world title once in a generation. So what unites us to play, the team and the pleasures of a seasonal ritual if our highest celebrations come so infrequently? Usually, these are our favorite players of people, especially to surprise or inspire us.

A franchise and a city are lucky if they have a player of that generation. Washington had only a glimpse of a Hall of Famer – Harmon Killebrew for several years – between 30 and the day of the latest version of the Senators left town in 71.

Now, after one and 9.9 million, compared with less than a minute to go before a midnight deadline for signing, the Nationals have added Stephen Strasburg Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. A team that does little more than a year, it seemed almost impossible, now has three players with face-franchise talent, ages 17, 22 and 25, spaced at the bar of a franchise for a decade.

Within 364 days, the Nationals signed two young players who, according to most independent judges of talent in sport (advertisers not only the Nats) have the potential to become as great as the power of the launchers and best hitter who ever lived.

The first to sign, Strasbourg, has in less than a year has already delivered a partial verdict: Exceeded expectations.

There is smoke. It’s happening. Only five years after getting a team again after an absence of 33 years, fans in Washington are getting a reward, although perhaps not as valuable as the World Series, is located extremely high. If you believe in karma wheel, should be tempted to turn the “Washington” again.

Few franchises ever a time even remotely similar to what children are experiencing. Strasbourg will be under team control until 2016 and Harper season, if it becomes a regular at 21, would be one of the recruits Nats 2020.

If you can not build on that foundation, what are you waiting for?

Perhaps, in time, both draft picks No. 1 overall will become historical actors. Or a will. Or not. But Washington only get to see up close, hometown style, juicy fat for a handful of seasons at least.

Just as exciting, the Nats have the years of training and Strasbourg Harper when the mystery of the potential is developed or not.

In another turn, if Zimmerman, who won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger, continues to improve as it has done it again this year, the day will come when his career is one of those who never forgets an entire people.

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