Bryce Harper's journey in its early stage

Nationals' 18-year-old phenom attracting a lot of attention at Class A Hagerstown

Originally Published: May 26, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- The fans who gather along the dugout railings, with their Sports Illustrated covers and souvenir baseballs in hand, are hell-bent on getting a signature, some eye contact and maybe a snippet of conversation with Bryce Harper. If he turns out to be the next Larry Walker, the items will be eBay-worthy down the road. And if the Washington Nationals hit the jackpot and Harper turns out to be the second coming of Mickey Mantle, maybe the stuff will be valuable enough to squirrel away ...

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