Happy New Year to you, dear NatsTown.
While you're sitting around waiting for the Adam LaRoche press release to be posted around the Natmosphere, enjoy the above video clip (via VegasScout/YouTube) of Bryce Harper hitting in the batting cages at Bat-R-Up in Las Vegas back on Dec. 22nd -- the same day Baseball America named Harper the #1 prospect in the Nationals' system to nobody's surprise. Ah, that swing is a thing of beauty, no? Interestingly (okay, not really) a minor dust-up breaks out in the comments section of the video on YouTube about whether Harper has modified his batting stance (or "stands" depending on the commenter) since the AFL.
If you're still reading this and/or clicked over and read the comments on the video and you're thinking: "Who cares?", well, we're right there with you. But this is January 4th, and we're looking for ways to kill time while waiting around for Adam LaRoche to sign.
On LaRoche, FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports Monday night that it is only a matter of time now:
A deal between the Washington Nationals and free agent Adam LaRoche wasn’t in place as of early Monday evening, but one person with knowledge of the talks said confidence is growing on both sides that the first baseman will end up in D.C.
“It’s such a good match,” the source said. (via Jon Paul Morosi/FOX Sports, 1/4/2011)
Sounds good. Now, how about Pavano?