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Harper on SI cover again

Feb 20, 2013, 1:12 AM EST

Courtesy Sports Illustrated

VIERA, Fla. — How big have Bryce Harper and the Nationals become around baseball? Big enough to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's spring training preview issue.

Harper graces the cover of this week's magazine, standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial holding a bat behind his shoulders, the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol dome in the background. The headline for Tom Verducci's cover story reads: "What does Bryce Harper have in mind for his encore? Some seriously monumental numbers."

The photo was taken early in the morning on January 27, while Harper was in town for that afternoon's NatsFest at the Washington Convention Center. With temperatures in the 20s, the young outfielder had to bundle up between takes, ultimately appearing in full uniform without any long sleeves underneath.

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  1. Constant Reader - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    More so than anything else since baseball returned to DC, this one photo captures the concept that Washington has a baseball team.

  2. SonnyG10 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Harper spits on the jinx. Go Bryce! Go Nats!!!

  3. Gonat - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Very nice! At first I thought he was photoshopped on there.

  4. Gonat - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    @acomak: ESPN's story says 2 sources "identified Gonzalez as the only Bosch client named thus far who did not receive performance-enhancing drugs."____________________________________Look at this for the people that have been supporting Gio!

  5. MicheleS - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    GIO IS CLEARED! i am on the phone so i cannot post the link. But ESPN outside the lines just posted a story that clears Gio. TJ Quinn did part of the story.

  6. Gonat - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Innocent until proven guilty and maybe just maybe Gio would be the 1st player who really was telling the truth!

  7. NatsLady - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    article says Gio aka Gladiator received weightloss products of dubious value but not illegal PEDs sounds to me like it could have been his father

  8. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    I'm popping open a drink for Gio and Bryce's SI cover!WOOOO HOOOO trademarked by MicheleS.

  9. Teddy Rochlis - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Good for Gio he deserves it, I am still of the opinion that he should sue Miami times for slander. They had absouletly no right to publish his name and now they have affected his entire career for absouletly no reason.

  10. NatsLady - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    here is linkhttp://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/8963926/documents-south-florida-clinic-heart-mlb-performance-enhancing-drugs-investigation-link-five-baseball-players

  11. Steady Eddie - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    This should but probably won't be a lesson to the instant cynics in these precincts, and appropriate vindication for the grown ups who suspended judgment until some real evidence was in.

  12. Teddy Rochlis - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I think most of us here (Tconstant excluded) either believed Gio, or decided to wait for more information. Just goes to show you to always be patient and stick with your gut sometimes.

  13. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Gonat said… http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/8963926/documents-south-florida-clinic-heart-mlb-performance-enhancing-drugs-investigation-link-five-baseball-playersWatch the video Tcosant! February 19, 2013 8:32 PM _________________________________Good video. I'm surprised Valencia and a couple others haven't been cleared.Again, that New York Times article really was an eye opener but from the start I felt there was nothing credible.To have TJ Quinn say those words is something you don't hear every day….ESPN backtracking!

  14. Eugene in Oregon - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Mark Z: Wasn't Ryan Zimmerman on an SI cover a couple of years back celebrating the 'Class of 2005' draftees? Since he was among a number of players drafted that year, maybe that doesn't count as being 'featured'?

  15. SonnyG10 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    What I said! :)

  16. MicheleS - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    New post

  17. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Off topic, sorry: did some here say they were in CO?

  18. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:14 AM

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  19. TheBorg - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    Indeed, w 5 others from that draft class: http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/50/c25d6670fba62f38b12d09b3744e201a/l.jpg

  20. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    His Father did it.I win.

  21. natsfan1a - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Can't recall, sec3, but my Chicago baseball buddy is morphing into my Denver baseball buddy, so I may have a summer road trip in my future. :-)

  22. Rabbit34 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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