Jason Reid has a very interesting column today in which he talked to Mike Rizzo about Bryce Harper. You’re more than welcome to read the whole piece, but Rizzo had some very interesting things to say about the Nats’ 19-year-old prodigy and his maturity issues.

Among Rizzo’s more noteworthy remarks:

“There’s not a malicious bone in his body. Now, there’s a cocky bone in there. And there’s an ego bone. And there are other bones . . . but there’s not a malicious bone in his body.”

Rizzo was talking about Harper’s recent comparison of himself to Joe Namath and his tweets listing the Cowboys, Lakers and Yankees as his favorite teams. He said the Nats have been working with Harper on exercising better judgement now that he’s a public figure.

“We’re not just saying that he’s a 19-year-old kid and that he’s making typical 19-year-old mistakes,” Rizzo told Reid. “He’s a different case. He’s a special-case scenario. This guy is in the public eye. . . . When this guy Tweets it out, or says something, it can go viral. There’s a difference here. We recognize it.”

Interesting stuff. Just five days till pitchers and catchers report.