Based on their shared city and similar ages and similar draft positions, there will be a lot of paragraphs and headlines and blog posts over the next few years that group the names of Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Robert Griffin III, Alex Ovechkin and John Wall.
There will also be a lot of attempts to rank their local and national popularity and importance.
In that spirit, ESPN 980’s Thom Loverro asked ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak last week to rank Harper, Ovechkin and RGIII for the amount of buzz currently created in Bristol.
“Bryce Harper, then RGIII, and then Alex,” Czarniak replied. “That’s what I would say. But I think RGIII and Bryce Harper are interchangeable. Once [training] camp starts, and once that really heats up, I think RGIII might trump Bryce. But it’s Bryce Harper madness up there right now, honestly, in terms of who they’re talking about from D.C.”
Hey, it’s Bryce Harper madness down here, too. Factoring in the chance to draw national headlines, I’d say my only ranking of those five guys mentioned above (strictly in a blog traffic sense) would go Harper, RGIII, Strasburg, Ovechkin, Wall, with an extreme likelihood of RGIII assuming the top spot once the NFL season starts.
And despite the absurdly over-the-top welcome to D.C. Wall received, he has some work to do.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Nats get great pitching, play close game, score few runs, lose.
Svrluga writes that Congressional “seems better for the regular tour event, hosted by Tiger Woods and benefiting his foundation, than it did for Congressional’s third U.S. Open.”
D.C.’s Tony Thompson talks about training (in Southeast) for his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Boswell is bringing the high heat.
I'd rather watch Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann hit than Xavier Nady.— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) June 26, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Davey Johnson on the Nats’ offense turning scrubs into stars, via Kilgore:
“We face some pitchers everybody jumps on, and they look like Sandy Koufax over there.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Here’s Stephen Strasburg mashing an RBI double. He isn’t the worst hitting pitcher in MLB, that’s for sure. Dude is slugging .652, has an OPS of 1.063, and has five extra-base hits. Michael Morse has six extra- base hits in more than three times as many at-bats.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in Colorado at 8:30 on MASN2. The Orioles host the Angels at 7 on MASN. All TV/Radio listings are here.
This is what it looked like when Strasburg hit Marco Scutaro in the head.
Rod Strickland to the New York Times: ““I was a hooper; I just wanted to hoop. I didn’t really get the professional part.”
Frank DeFord on writing: “Texting is not writing. Text is clearing your throat. The best writing is about seduction. Texting is the literary equivalent of air kissing.”
If you never saw the latest Nats fan with Natitude, in the form of a space costume, here he is.