...which hopefully doesn't mean becoming a champion and icon in New York and later attempting to kiss Suzy Kolber on Monday Night Football while bleep-faced. Broadway Bryce?
And so, on Tuesday, Bryce Harper spoke with MLB.com's Bill Ladson, and talked optimistically about how he hopes to break camp with the Nationals out of Spring Training. We're on board with that plan, for the record.
Harper went on to explain his approach to off-the-field stuff, including speaking his mind on Twitter. And then, he said he hopes to be like Joe Namath. Uh oh...
"I'm going to be my own person. 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. I'm not a liar. I say things I want to say. That's how it is, I guess.
A football player I can name is Joe Namath. ... He had that city life and everything like that, but he was one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. I can't say I'm like Joe Namath. ... He went out, he played, but he had fun. He had a night life, he had his own place, I think it was called Bachelors III. He had his own thing that he wanted to do. ... He was in the style, he did all those commercials, things like that. He loved it. I think that's huge. That's one side of me that I like. I'm not your typical, 'Hey, I'm going to be Johnny Good.' You are a baseball player. ... I'm going to have fun off the field, too."
(Bryce Harper, via Nationals.com, 2/7/2012)
Uh oh. Hopefully not *too much* fun. And hopefully not in NY.