Here is good news for American baseball fans and bad news for the rest of the world:
Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals' emerging superstar, doesn't plan to miss the next World Baseball Classic.
"In four years, absolutely I want to play, 100 percent," Harper said Monday. "They can write my name down right now."
Harper, 20, already has represented USA Baseball twice, winning gold medals in the 2009 18-and-under Pan American Junior Championships in Venezuela and 2008 16-and-under Pan Am Youth Championships in Mexico.
He gets it. He gets the whole thing.
"I'm all for USA," Harper said. "I'm all for playing in the WBC and the Olympics, whatever. This year was just hard."
Indeed, although it might be odd that a player as young as Harper is not participating, his reasons for missing the WBC are entirely valid.
This is his first spring training as a major leaguer; he started last season at Triple A, joined the Nats on April 28 and went on to become National League Rookie of the ...