Considering he has been on MLB‘s radar since his high school days, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals has grown accustomed to the spotlight. Harper isn’t even old enough to drink alcohol, but the reigning NL Rookie of the Year is the best party starter in the league.
In particular, the Nationals’ slugger started the year off with two home runs in his first two at-bats of the 2013 season. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Harper came off the disabled list on Monday and took the second pitch he’s seen in over a month and planted it in the left field bullpen. I guess if you want No. 34 to go yard all you need to do is tell the outfielder that it’s the first game of the season, right?
Washington hasn’t lived up to its insane expectations thus far, so a boost from Harper could propel this team in the right direction. Not to mention, Despite being two games over .500, the Nats are six games behind the Atlanta Braves in the always competitive NL East. Even with a slow start, the Nationals are still the favorite to reel in the division crown if you ask me.
It was brutal to watch a gamer like Harper sit on the sidelines for so long, but hopefully this time off has helped the young outfielder mature. Besides, the young and wild Harper has learned his lesson about running into unforgiving walls and now knows how important he is to Washington’s success.