FENNO: Bryce Harper an even more irresistable force if he resists testing immovable objects

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There’s not much of a choice and even less to prove. Robert Griffin III and the Redskins learned the difficult lesson in January on the torn-up turf of FedEx Field. The mentality to be tough (or at least someone’s idea of toughness) no matter the cost, to play through injury kept Griffin on the field until his right knee was as damaged as the turf.

Slamming into walls, at least with Harper’s regularity, is no more needed to be an elite player than last season’s frustrated bat-fling that bounced back and required 10 stitches to close the gash near by his left eye. Nothing is accomplished, other than adding a few miles and more scars to Harper’s body and giving extra work to backups and doctors, all while risking something much worse.

So, keep the manic excursions on the basepaths and eye black-melting intensity. Just look out for those walls. Even prodigies can’t outrun physics.

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