There is no denying that Washington Nationals young superstar Bryce Harper plays the game with a youthful exuberance and a relentless aggressiveness befitting of his age. At 20, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Harper, while supremely talented and potential perhaps not yet realized, is still prone to making mistakes typical of an inexperienced baseball player with only a few seasons of major league baseball under his belt.
But given that in his second season Harper is batting .379 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI in 6 games, the Nationals are preaching patience instead of overreacting to errors easily attributed to the folly of youth, such as foolishly trying to stretch out a single into a double or missing the cutoff man on relays from the outfield.
Count skipper Davey Johnson among those within the Nationals organization firmly entrenched in Harper’s camp, as he defended his phenom outfielder during a recent appearance on a D.C. sports radio talk show.
Even if Johnson defe...