Bryce Harper Q&A
Before Bryce Harper was introduced to Washington, he sat down with Notes from NatsTown for a Q&A. He isn’t new to answering questions. It is apparent he has answered them all before.
Why did you decide to sign instead of returning to school?
It’s always been my dream to play pro baseball. Just to be able to start in an organization that is up-and-coming and has a great group of guys–a lot of veterans and a lot of young guys, great guys in the Minor League system, with some guys from Team USA also–A.J. Cole, Robbie Ray. We’ve got a lot of veterans also with Pudge Rodriguez, Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg. We’re an up-and-coming team and we’re going to try to win a World Championship.
Is it exciting to think you will be playing with these guys?
That’s been my dream ever since I was seven, eight years old. Growing up watching these guys and seeing what they were doing–it’s incredible to be up here finally. I can’t wait to get started and have some fun.
How different is your life from where you could be–starting your senior year of high school?
It would be way different. I wouldn’t be here. I would be starting school, going school shopping. But I wouldn’t take any of this back. I couldn’t stand high school. I hated high school with a passion. After my brother left–when I was a freshman and he was a senior–after they all left, that group of guys left, I didn’t want to be there anymore. I thought I was with them. I thought I was supposed to be graduating that year, hanging out with all his friends and stuff. My sophomore year I was like a ghost. I went to school, but nobody really noticed me. I just came to school, didn’t dress up or anything–just a ghost. I just worked out and went out to the field and went the baseball route. That’s how I’ve always been my whole life.
At your age, are you still growing physically?
I think I grew like an inch in a month. Last month my knees were hurting real bad so I think I was growing. I think I still got room to grow–size 15 shoes, 6’5,” 230–that’d be nice.
What parts of your game are you looking to improve in the player development system?
Power. No, probably everything. I can always get better at everything. Everybody can always get better. I have a long ways to go. I’m not where I want to be right now. I’m in the Minor League system, but I’m not where I want to be. I want to be up there with all the big guys, with the big club, playing. I can do better in every aspect–hitting, throwing, running, outfield, catching–whatever they need me to do. I can get better in everything.
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Gorgeous. No (laughing). If I had to describe myself in one word, Hercules. I guess…
What’s the derivation of number 34?
I wore seven my whole life. Seven’s been my number for forever and then I went to this team, I think I was nine or ten years old, and one of the kids on the team already had it. So 34 is three plus four is seven. I stuck with that.
Finish the sentence… in 2011 I will…
In 2011, I will go to the moon. No (laughing). I don’t know. …Hopefully be a National.
Who are three people you know would be in the stands watching you play an important game?
My dad, my mom, my brother and sister. That’s four. Sorry. I’ve got four people that are probably going to be there the first day I get there, unless my brother’s trying to win a national championship in South Carolina.
What’s your approach at the plate?
See a pitch. Hit pitch. See it and hit it. That’s baseball. It doesn’t matter as long as you see it and hit it. You see a ball up and you try to drive it the opposite way. That’s huge on my part. I love hitting the ball oppo–I think that’s the biggest thing about me that people don’t know. I love hitting the ball off oppo. Left-center’s my power.