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We already have too many phonies in sports.

“I’m going to be my own person,” he told “There are a lot of professional athletes back in the old days that did what they wanted to do. That’s how I’m going to be. I’m going to prove myself on the field, so I can be that kind of guy off the field. I’m not a clown off the field. I just say things … I speak my mind and I think that’s good.

“If I speak my mind and people know the real me, then they are going to like me more.”

It won’t help his cause in Philly, Atlanta or other enemy outposts. And he’ll learn how to choose his words and pick his spots. But here in D.C., we should favor the real Bryce Harper at 19 and enjoy his evolution for years to come.