Is it a good thing or a bad thing that the biggest story for the Nationals is someone who likely won't see the majors until 2012 stopping in during meaningless Spring Training to take even more meaningless batting practice?
He sure looks like a major leaguer! Confidence! What's going on with his eye black!? Swagger! Did he just put his hat on backward... like GRIFFEY?! Youth!
Good or bad for the 2011 Nats, Bryce Harper is the story for the team this year, just like Strasburg, whether he was going to make the majors or not, was the story last year. It's not like all those other scintillating stories about who's going to be the back-up infielder and which failed young starter will be the long reliever have gone away. There still here. When Bryce, like Strasburg, is eventually dropped out of major league Spring Training all those boring stories that bubbled up between his interview sessions will flood back and they'll be the only thing to talk about for 3 weeks.
Even if it's a bad sign for the team this year, I guess it's good then, in general, that we have meaningless Bryce stories to pass the time. It's something different for the fans and something different for the guys that have to try to make team stretching exercises interesting for a month and a half. I just wish they'd tone it down just a... Wait, did he say he loved the YANKEES!? Swoon! More Bryce talk!