Go­ing, go­ing

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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.

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