(Chris Schneider/AP)

But the hardcore Nats fans are certainly scouring the Internet for Prince nuggets, and it turns out that the hardcore Nats are as well.

“I’m extremely interested in all that stuff, probably as much as anybody else in the media and the sports world,” Tyler Clippard told Jeff Joyce Thursday on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio. “I’m constantly on Twitter and the internet, trying to see what’s going on.

“I’m interested because it’s important for our team, but I don’t know, I have mixed feelings. I don’t really know; for 2012, it’s kind of a mixed bag, because we do have Rochie over there, and I think he’s a great player. And so it’s kind of a tough thing when you have a teammate; you think the organization is leaning towards Prince, and you kind of wonder how does Rochie feel about this? Is it gonna motivate him to do well in 2012? And if he does, and we get Prince, then we lost out on whatever, $7.5 million. And from a business standpoint, that’s not necessarily a smart move.

“So you have all these things, these thought processes going on as a player, because you make friends. Obviously Prince is Prince, and no team is gonna be mad at getting a talent like that. So that’s kind of where I’m at, as far as the whole Prince thing. So we’ll see what happens. A lot of it could be rumors, a lot of it is obviously probably serious as well. We’ll just wait and see.”

I do appreciate the loyalty. If The Post ever considered bringing Tony Kornheiser back, I’d definitely wonder how Mike Wise felt. For 10 or 20 seconds, at least.