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February 14, 2016

Bryce Harper: Washington’s Most Powerful Nevadan

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will need to reconcile the fact that he’s no longer the most powerful Nevadan in Washington.

That honor falls to Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals’ star outfielder and slugger. And since Harper is all of 20 years old, coming off a National League Rookie of the Year season and is a prospect for Most Valuable Player this year on a contending team, Reid will likely have to get used to it, unless the Nationals lose their minds and trade Harper.

To get an idea of how this all happened, Las Vegas sportswriter Rob Miech is popping into town to talk about his book “Phenom: The Making of Bryce Harper” at the University Club on Thursday. It should be interesting for anyone wanting to learn a little more about the dude who’s knocked Reid off his perch as the Silver State’s most popular native son in D.C.

Washington Nationals' outfielder Bryce Harper, left, has quickly become the most popular Nevadan in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.)

Washington Nationals outfielder Harper, left, has quickly become the most popular Nevadan in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Miech spent a good chunk of 2010 reporting on Harper when the slugger was playing for the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes. The resulting book, “The Last Natural: Bryce Harper’s Big Gamble in Sin City and the Greatest Amateur Season Ever,” came out last year, just as Harper was making his debut with the Nats as a 19-year-old.

“Phenom” is the paperback version, updated to reflect Harper’s extraordinary 2012 season as the Nationals won the National League East, making the playoffs and catapulting him to superstardom. Miech’s appearance at the University Club is part of the Greater Washington Writers Series. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at 1135 16th St. NW and costs $55.

All kidding aside, Reid is a big fan of Harper, a Las Vegas native. The majority leader even has a cameo in the new ESPN documentary “Bryce Begins.” When asked a question the majority leader didn’t want to answer (by CQ Roll Call’s own Steven T. Dennis, no less!), Reid quoted Harper’s famous line, “That’s a clown question, bro.”

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