Bryce Harper isn't interested in contract talks
If I were about to become a multi-gazillionare, the exact amount of my gazillions would probably concern me more than, say, making small talk with Josh Hamilton. But the key is not whether you care, but whether you admit that you care. Bryce Harper -- the Nats' No. 1 overall pick, the Scott Boras client, the winner of the Golden Spikes award as the top amateur player in the country -- will not admit that he cares.
"I don't even know what's going on with that," Harper said, when asked about his contract negotiations on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio earlier in the week. "I'm not even interested in that right now. I'm just all about just coming out here to watch the All-Star game, out here for the Golden Spikes award, so I'll let Boras handle that."
Amazing self-control. Also amazing? He calls his agent "Boras." I don't think I was comfortable calling adults anything but "Mr." or "Mrs." until I was at least 27. Still waiting for Harper to talk about "Lerner," "Kasten," "Riggles" and "Leatherpants."
Anyhow, it would appear that Harper is having fun this summer. He used the word "fun" five times in the three-minute interview. He said this is the "first real summer" he's had in ages, that he's going to the gym every day and hanging out with friends and family. Oh, and paying attention to the Nats.
"Stephen Strasburg is a great pitcher, a great competitor," he said. "Just to have him on the bump, being able to watch him and all the things that he has done for the Nationals right now and just the whole system, it's awesome to watch."
Strasburg, of course, won the Golden Spikes last year. Before that, the award was claimed by Buster Posey, David Price and Tim Lincecum. That's not a bad quartet.
Harper said he had met Joe Mauer ("really humble") and Josh Hamilton ("really humble, all about the Lord.) He said he was just trying to "take it all in" while at the All-Star festivities. And he said he remains willing to play whatever position the Nats want him to play.
"I don't care where I play," he said. "I'll play wherever they want me to play. As long as I'm in the lineup every day, that's all that matters to me. I'm trying to go out there and have a lot of fun and learn the spot. And if they want me to play right, center, left, catcher, whatever, I'll do whatever to help the team."
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