On Saturday April 29th, 2012, Washington Nationals fans witnessed a historic event, the debut of the prophesied savior of the yearly cellar dwellers of the NL East: Bryce Harper. This youth phenomn was the number one overall pick of the 2010 draft at the age of 18 and has been heralded as one of the greatest prospects of all time. After taking the fast track to the major leagues, Harper was called up to replace Ryan Zimmerman, who landed on the 15 day DL.
In his first professional AB, Harper showed off the kind of hustle that most managers have to drive into their players on a day to day basis; on a slow ground out to the pitcher, Harper flew full speed down the baseline coming a stride from beating it out.
Later on in the game, Bryce picked up his first professional hit, stroking a double off the centerfield wall on a pitch left up in the zone. He also managed to pick up his first RBI, one that Nationals fans hope is the first of many to come. What's most impressive is that Harper saw seven pitches in that at bat, wearing down starter Chad Billingsley.
If Harper continues to hit, the number 34 jersey could become a staple in Nationals park for the rest of the season.
(The next night, Harper followed up his debut with a single and a leaping catch against the wall on a Jaun Uribe fly out: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21027101&c_id=mlb)