Perhaps some of you who are old enough to remember can recall that back in the day when Mario Lemieux was set to come out of junior hockey that the NHL did not have the weighted lottery system that it has today for first round picks. Back then, if you were the worst, you got the first pick. Period.
General manager at the time, Eddie Johnston, brought several players up from the minors and gave them extended playing time...so much time in fact that other teams were screaming foul that the Penguins were intentionally "tanking" games so that they could get "Le Magnifique".
ABOVE: The flight path of the incredible shot hit at Tropicana Field by Bryce Harper. BELOW: Ain't no mountain high enough for this kid.
Is it possible that the Pirates could latch onto a talent this big? I know, I know, they passed on Matt Wieters, but this is different. If the Pirates could land him could you imagine a lineup that potentially might feature Harper, Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen among others? Now we're talking a serious lineup!
ABOVE: This kid is a phenom if there ever was one. Wouldn't it be justice if the Pirates were to get the greatest prospect ever?
ABOVE: He looks like he's playing for "Kiss" in this shot, but the only real similarity is that Harper "kisses a lot of balls goodbye".
ABOVE: When you've been as bad as long as the Pirates have been, you're due to catch a good wave.