The baseball season endeth, and so the Bryce Harper Speculathon begins in earnest [“Which team will get Harper’s services?,” Sports, Oct. 30]. I’ll consider the couple dozen articles so far, saying the same thing as the last, as a sort of sports-editor spring training.
Where Harper goes to earn his next couple hundred million dollars will be known in time for Opening Day, and since you’ve covered all the reasonable possibilities, there’s no money to be made here. The real bettors’ challenge is whether The Post’s baseball writers can match the football writers’ record for thumbsuckers, set by the remarkable Kirk Cousins “will he go, where will he go, when will he go, please just go, he’s gone!” tsunami.
Given The Post’s massive football favoritism, I think the Cousins record is safe. Bruce Harmon, Arlington As a kid growing up in Pittsburgh during the 1950s, I and my baseball-playing friends worshiped Pie Traynor. During the 1960s, we worshiped Bill Mazeroski. These men are Hall of Famers who spent entire careers with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After moving to Maryland, my children grew up worshiping Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. These men are Hall of Famers who spent their entire careers with the Orioles.
There is a certain magic bond between fans and players who spend their careers with one team.
Bryce Harper has the ability to form such a bond with Washington fans if he decides to stay with the Nationals. If he goes to another team for a few million dollars a year more, that bond can never be created. In fact, many of his current fans will turn against him.
I am a Harper fan who hopes he stays in Washington. John O’Hara, Bowie
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper at Nationals Park on April 8.