Bryce Harper focused … and learning

He’s the world’s most famous member of the Syracuse Chiefs now. And really, friends, that shouldn’t be a shock to anybody — not even to Bryce Harper. He’s still a mesmerizing attraction. He’s still a dynamic talent. He’s still baseball’s most intriguing teenage mutant ninja prospect. But can we introduce some facts here?

Bryce Harper is 19 years old. Nineteen. He’s younger than the Jonas Brothers. Younger than David Archuleta. Younger than Austin Rivers. He’s 19.

So while it made for a fun story — the idea that this charismatic American phenom just might begin the year in the big leagues as the starting center fielder for those onrushing Washington Nationals — there was always very little chance that was actually going to happen. Always.

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