Perhaps I'm going a little too far into the future, but while flipping through some baseball news, I happened to find this article from June 2009 from The Star Ledger, read it HERE. In it, Michael Fensom writes: "Harper says one of his dreams is to one day wear Yankees pinstripes."
Now, anytime I hear a young baseball phenom say the Yankees are his dream team, I immediately picture him in pinstripes. Bryce Harper grew up idolizing the Core Four, he celebrated the '96-'00 dynasty wins at a young age, and apparently nothing has changed in his life. There's little doubt in mind that it's only a matter of time before Bryce Harper joins the endless list of Yankees greats, including but obviously not limited to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Whitey Ford, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Don Mattingly, Bernie Williams, Reggie Jackson, and Yogi Berra.
I've heard some people say they think he'll stick with the Nationals, but with all due respect to them, I think that's utter BS. The 1st round 1st pick usually goes to the worst team in the league. It's very rare you see a phenomenal young player get picked 1st overall then spend a 15-20 year career being the lone shining star amongst mediocrity. Let's just take a look at a few 1st overall picks and where they ended up, it's interesting:
- Alex Rodriguez- now with Yankees
- Adrian Gonzalez- now a dirty stinkin' no good Red Sock
- Josh Hamilton- now with Texas Rangers
- Chipper Jones never left the Braves
2015 is a long way away, but just take a second to picture this scenario:
- PITCHING: Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances, and Manny Banuelos have all come into their own and form a dominant pitching staff along with Phil Hughes and the now aging but still very effective CC Sabathia.
- CATCHING: Jesus Montero, will still be killing it and will be entering his prime and start putting up even bigger numbers.
- JETER: Unfortunately, the last dynasty would have moved on into retirement, some of them like Jeter returning to continue his involvement with the organization, but some signings in the meantime (Hanley Ramirez anyone?) would be filling in the holes.
- ALEX AND TEX: They're no longer young, but still putting up big numbers.
- CANO: He's still Cano, which is to say he's really really good.
- OUTFIELD: Granderson, Gardner, and Swisher would still hanging around, but Swisher would be moving into his mid-30s and maybe playing some DH.
- THE CLOSER: Hell, maybe Rafael Soriano stuck around for a while longer and is now a dominant closer in Mo's place.
Does this really sound all that far-fetched? I don't think so. Mark my words, come the 2016 season, we'll be seeing Bryce Harper not just as a phenom, but as our phenom.
--Grant Cederquist, BYB Staff Writer
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