“He doesn’t take things for granted. When you get in the game of baseball, it gets long, and the hustle, the fight, sometimes you don’t do it all the time. But he’s 100 percent. From start to finish, he is in it, mentally, physically. You can kind of see guys slip up a little bit. Even the best do it; I’ve done it. You can’t see it from him.”
--Cole Hamels, All-star pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, discussing Bryce Harper, rookie right fielder of the Washington Nationals.
Harper is the youngest position player in MLB All-Star Game history and third youngest overall. As a replacement for injured All-Star, Giancarlo Stanton, Harper has a .282 batting average with 8 home runs and 25 RBIs.
Excerpt from nytimes.com (07/10/2012).
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