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