"I guess I've got to get used to it," he says. "If I want to go into Yankee Stadium, they're going to be all over me. Philly is going to be all over me. Everybody is going to be all over me. That's baseball. That's what the fans are there for."
In Hagerstown, Harper sometimes would be jeered in his own ballpark. Daubach, who coached third base, said the beer garden behind him could be a particularly troublesome spot. Sometimes he would turn around in the coaching box and ask the especially loud ones to cool it, and shake his head in wonder that some people didn't understand their good fortune to have a player like this assigned to their town.
So this is the nexus of talent, money and information technology in a sports-hungry culture. It is an 18-year-old kid, the best hitting prospect in baseball, preparing himself to be booed when his dream of being a big leaguer comes true. Civility may wane, but Harper does not.
"I'm not going to complain about anything," he says. "I'm doing something I love to do. I'm not going to say, 'I hate the media, I hate this, I hate that.' Because I have a life I really love. I get to do something I really love doing. I wouldn't take anything back at all."
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