He’s the youngest. That is nothing new. Everyone is watching him. That too is nothing new. About the only thing new for Bryce Harper will be where he will be playing tonight. After a birthday weekend in Vegas, his 18th, Bryce Harper is in
Scottsdale to join the Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.
We heard from our friends at the Nats that Harper is likely to begin his AFL campaign when Scottsdale takes on the Mesa Solar Sox tonight. We learned that Harper will also see some significant action during the AFL campaign. He will be a part of the taxi squad which means he could play two games a week. That’s crazy for a kid who should be getting his senior pictures planned, visiting colleges, and breaking up with one of his girlfriends.
It would appear to us that he will certainly get long looks during those two days, because look who is managing Scottsdale–the Nats AA skipper, Randy Knorr. The AA team in Harrisburg could certainly use some talent and it might not take long for Harper to get to AA. The scoop is that Harper will start at Hagerstown. The Suns, who play at Municpal Stadium, have recently been sold to a group of local investors from the Hagerstown area. Currently, there are some struggles between the ownership and a local governing council who oversees the ball park.
We have a hunch it will be figured out by the time the Sun take the field for the season opener on April 15. Bet your ass, we will be there.
But for now, I lit a pumpkin spice candle and made a wish for a Pirates/Solar Sox pitcher to be the first to strike him out. I found a few shooting stars too…. but I gotta admit I loved the eye black Bryce. Past tense—Loved it-it will be gone now, but everytime I see a young player in Little League rocking that Ultimate Warrior look, I will remember you Bryce Harper.