Harper says Nats will be Yankees of NL East
Maybe you've heard it said that Bryce Harper is confident. Fearless. Intrepid. Undaunted. Brash, even.
Well, take those adjectives, and inject them with chocolate-covered Ritalin-flavored Red Bull-powered protein-fortified 5-Hour Energy concentrate. I mean, Bryce Harper isn't confident; he's Joe Namath in war paint.
"You know, I think in the next couple years, we're gonna be the Yankees of the NL East," he told MASN's Byron Kerr during a conversation about his Arizona Fall League expectations. (Audio here.) "I've been telling everybody that. I think we're gonna be the top program in the NL East, and we're gonna roll. We're gonna win some World Series. That's everybody's goal, and we preach that from day one. [Minor league field coordinator] Bobby Henley, he preached that from day one: 'We're gonna win the NL East one day,' and I really believe that we're gonna do that. So hopefully we bring a couple of World Series to Washington, D.C."
Now, bear in mind that Harper turned 18 this week. When I was 18, I really believed that I could probably make an omelet by myself one day. Harper, on the other hand, believes he can help a team that's lost 298 games over the past three seasons win multiple world championships while surpassing two of baseball's financial superpowers.
This all came about when Kerr asked Harper if his World Series pick remained the same.
"Yankees-Phillies, that's what I'm looking at right now," Harper replied. "I like Shane Victorino, he's one of my boys, I work out with him in the offseason. And then I love the Yankees, the Yankees have always been my team, I've got to roll with the Yankees."
Which is when Kerr asked what it would be like to be part of a team that might eventually upset the Phillies, which is when Harper got to talking about creating a dynasty.
Kilgore, of course, has more on Harper's first day in the Arizona Fall League.
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