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VIDEO: Harper’s high expectations

Feb 22, 2013, 3:00 AM EDT

Bryce Harper may have exceeded our expectations as a rookie, but his performance certainly wasn’t beyond what he expected from himself. Now the 20-year-old outfielder is dead-set on taking his game to another level in his sophomore season, as you’ll hear from Harper himself, plus others, in tonight’s TV segment for Comcast SportsNet.

  1. timeless46 - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    He has the right attitude. I wish I was that focused when I was 20….

  2. SonnyG10 - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    I love his burning desire to be better.

  3. Gonat - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I've always thought of Ian Desmond as a team leader and its the first time I've heard Bryce name him as someone who is there for him besides Werth, Zim, and LaRoche.

  4. Gonat - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Wow, took long enough for the Player's Association chief to get quoted in defense of the players on Biogenesis.http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/22/michael-weiner-reporters-should-not-jump-to-conclusions-about-biogenesis/

  5. ChiefWJ - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Harper's upside IS the greatest player who ever lived. Not likely to happen, of course, but not impossible, and how many players could you say that about?

  6. Laddie Blah Blah - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Chief, I'm with you. Harp just had the best year, ever, for a ML teenager. Even those who disagree would have to admit that he was right up there with Ott and Canigliaro.There was some talk on the last thread about how intelligent the Nats' players are. If intelligence is measured by how quickly one learns, and then masters, new information, then Harp is the smartest guy on the team. Two years ago, he was a catcher. Last year he was an All-Star ML outfielder.He was slumping so badly last summer that many here were ready to send him back to AAA. And then he completely changed his swing and approach at the plate, and went on a 6-week tear that made him the consensus ROY. One of the adjustments he made was to introduce a toe tap into his stride, like Rendon has, and to dial back his swing and use his hands to poke those outside pitches to LF. That is very, very impressive for a 19-year-old rook. I hope Danny was paying attention.He is always learning, always trying to get better. By the time he is through, he will know as much about hitting as Ted Williams, as much about base running as Maury Wills, and as much about defense as Willie Mays.If he stays healthy, and keeps that mental focus, he has a chance to be the best of his generation, if not the best, ever. It's not just his physical ability, as impressive as that is, it is also his mental approach to the game that makes him very special.

  7. sjm308 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I'm with Laddie & Chief on this, not much more you can add. Well said.

  8. SonnyG10 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Me too, well said Chief and Laddie.

  9. sm13 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I'm on the laddie and chief bandwagon, as well.

  10. Section 222 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    "Hurry, hurry, hurry, get your season tickets before they're all gone. This is your last chance. Don't miss out. Call before midnight tonight and you'll receive, etc. etc. etc!!"Sorry to quote myself from yesterday, but I wanted to apologize for inventing a sales pitch from Mark Lerner, when what he actually said, according to Kilgore's report, was: "So it’s pretty exciting that we’ll have a chance to get there. Prices go up April 1, so if people want to take advantage of it, the next 30 days is really their time to act. "I kid you not!

  11. Tony - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Sure, he'll gladly sell you a season ticket after April 1. Just find a seat that's still open for all 81 games, multiply the single game price by 81, and it's yours! One service charge for the transaction, and 81 convenience charges for the tickets.

  12. Section 222 - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I should have added a kudos to Mark Z. if he omitted that particular quote from his post yesterday because he thought it was a bit much for billionaire owner to be using his press availability to go all carnival barker Kasten on us.

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