By Matt Breen The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News Sat., March 2, 2019 CLEARWATER, FLA.—Bryce Harper was just 19 years old when he first faced Roy Halladay. It was three weeks earlier that Harper had rocketed to the majors after playing only 130 minor-league games. Harper was a sensation. But he was also just a teenager. And here — in May 2012 — he was stepping into the box against one of the most feared pitchers in the game. The teenager grounded a single through the infield. The batter won that meeting, but it would be the pitcher who left the impact. “He’s somebody in this game who is greater than a lot of guys that have ever played it,” Harper said. “A hall of famer, somebody that played the game the right way, was a great person and was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, being able to play across from him in 2012.” Halladay’s impression was great enough for Harper, after signing with the Phillies, to decide against wearing No. 34 — the number Harper wore with the Nationals and Halladay wore with the Phillies. Harper wore 34 in tribute to Mickey Mantle, as Harper’s number… Read full this story
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