Writers note example set by Mormons, Bryce Harper

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  • NT Springville, UT
    July 18, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Nice job, Bro Harper. Keep up the good work, on and off the field!

  • LRB NY, NY
    July 17, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    I hope Bryce Harper resists both options. On the east coast where I live and Bryce plays, Mormons are a curiosity to many, a cult to some. More of us have seen the Book of Mormon than actually met one. By not "Tebowing" as we call Tim's displays of faith, Harper has challenged people's idea of Mormons as pushy or proselytizing. He happily practices his faith without intruding it, which is what's expected here.

    Initially articles mentioned Bryce was a Mormon, and I, like many, was surprised. Now stories are about his game mostly. What an asset he is to his team. Who wouldn't want him on theirs? Big debate whether Hamel should have hit him. When somebody mentions he's Mormon it's no biggy. It no longer surprises. That's an important step and I think good. Fitting in isn't hard but it's essential to being respected. The "doesn't drink/doesn't smoke" is cool-- "never have to worry about steroids." Playing hard is admired tremendously. Kids wear his jersey. Bryce is helping people realize different doesn't mean strange. That's way cool.