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Hard Not to Focus on Harper

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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...

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