Since we first saw Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper on their Sports Illustrated covers years ago, billed as the “best pitching prospect ever” and the LeBron of baseball, fans have waited for the day when they would emerge full-blown. What would the season look like when both were healthy, fully established and ready to lay down a 162-game baseline for their excellence?
It’s here. The pair’s first full ready-for-your-close-up season together has arrived. If looks alone could tell a story, the verdict would already be in.
“They’re driven,” Washington Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said. “Just look at ’em.”