BY JEFF SLADE
Forget Iron Man and Captain America, Marvel Studios has a new superhero to add to the list, and his name is Bryce Harper.
Marvel, the juggernaut film studio behind “The Avengers” franchise, released on Monday the premier of their “Origins” series in collaboration with ESPN films, with Harper as their first featured “hero.” Watch the video here.
The brief documentary tells the story of Bryce’s early childhood and his first ever experiences with baseball. Among other things, he describes hitting beans and bottle caps with a broomstick in order to improve his hand-eye coordination. He also talks about the first time he played tee ball, and his first-ever home run.
The 22 year-old Harper finds himself batting third in the All-Star game on Tuesday, after a blistering first half of the season has found him atop the National League in on base percentage, slugging percentage, and wins above replacement, as well as being near the top in pretty much every other batting category.
Marvel is also making short films about the 'origins' of other elite athletes, such as Russell Wilson, Carmelo Anthony, and Alex Morgan. Few would deny Harper belongs as one of these 'heroes', displaying astonishing ability at such a young age.
Now – could he take on The Hulk in a fistfight? It might be the first battle in 2015 he’d lose.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.