The idea of chemistry between players and managers is practically extinct in the big leagues. Personal relationships? Please. It's all about statistical analysis these days -- it's the only currency that counts.
But what happens when you take an old-school manager, whose leadership gene was forged in the un-PC '80s, and pair him with a brash, can't-miss rookie -- who is a teenager, to boot? That's a match made in dugout-heaven.
Case in point is Davey Johnson and Bryce Harper, who, at first glance, have had little in common in the Nationals' surprising sprint to first place. Davey is ending a fine 16-year managerial career; at 69, he's ready to pull back and serve the Nationals in an advisory capacity in 2013.
Harper, on the other hand, is 50 years younger than Johnson, and only beginning to rule the universe. He's loaded with bat-speed and macho-helium, a combustible mix that could potentially challenge a lesser manager than Davey.
Indeed, the generation gap between the two is u...