This photo of Bryce Harper, which appears in the baseball package of the magazine’s upcoming April issue, is fairly arresting. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a photo of a baseball player quite like that.
The headline of the magazine’s piece — which is written by Will Leitch — is also fairly grabby.
“IS BASEBALL READY FOR BRYCE?” it asks. “Dear MLB: Please don’t muzzle the most entertaining prospect since Babe Ruth. Thank you, fans everywhere.”
The first word of the piece is also a goodie. It starts with F and ends with K, although I’m not technically allowed to use that particular word on this site.
And somehow, the rest of the piece lives up to all of that at the top. A few of the choicest quotes.
Harper on his home-run kiss while at Hagerstown: “It was an ‘eff you’ from the mouth.”
Harper on what he misses most about being a kid: “Playing football. I’m getting chills just thinking about it. That first knock of the game, you are going on kickoff and you are just trying to smack somebody just as hard as you can. That’s how I play baseball. I want to hit you. I want to run your ass over. Sorry.”
Harper on his baseball philosophy: “I want to play the game hard. I want to ram it down your throat, put you into left field when I’m going into second base.”
He also told Leitch that his favorite player is Pete Rose, and that baseball needs more superstars. Subtle.
And Leitch, for his part, wrote that Harper “is awesome — exactly what baseball needs. He’s essentially a throwback: a cocky, ornery cuss who can back it all up. Ty Cobb minus the racism and chaw.”
I’m getting chills just thinking about it.
(The link isn’t working yet, but it should be soon.)