Just watch. If you're wondering what the hype is all about, sick of the focus on a kid still yet to make his 600th professional plate appearance, weary of a seeming cult around a 19-year-old, just watch. Watch Bryce Harper play.
Many more than the listed crowd of 19,000-plus will say they were watching at Nationals Park on Monday night, when Harper hit a mammoth no-doubter for the first home run of his big league career in the Nats' 8-5 win over San Diego. The ball easily traveled 420 feet, perhaps more, to straightaway center. Harper got ahead of Padres right-hander Tim Stauffer, 2-1, waited out a rolling but not terrible Stauffer slider, and committed an act of extreme violence on the baseball.
It only counted as one run. But if you're looking at the numbers with Harper, you're missing the point. As he gets older, more polished and more refined, the numbers will come. Right now, he's a spectacle. Maybe the best spectacle in baseball.