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This slightly pudgy Little League player is apparently Bryce Harper at 12 (pic)

Ha. Fantastic. Via Nationals Enquirer comes this delightful photo of a somewhat chubby boy who grew up to become Washington Nationals rookie phenom Bryce Harper. While it cannot be confirmed for certain that this photo is of a then-12-year-old Harper (which would make this from 2004 — Jesus, I’m old), it certainly looks like him, but again, it’s not a sure thing. If only this kid was styling some garish, over-applied eye black or something.

I wonder if the 12-year-old version of Bryce Harper thought hitting without batting gloves “hurts like a dick” too. Hard to say. And since the now-classic phrase originated at a later date, I bet if someone had asked him a silly inquiry way back then, Harper wouldn’t have retorted with any variation of the “Clown question, bro” line.

But man, look how pudgy he was back then. He reminds me of me at that age. Sadly, I never really grew out of it and developed into a big-time star in the major leagues. Sigh.

(photo via @natsgirl3411)

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