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Nationals' Bryce Harper, Johnson are a hit with D.C. Council

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The D.C. Council rushed through its monthly breakfast early Tuesday so its members could meet the 20-year-old baseball wunderkind whose power swing has Nationals fans dreaming of the World Series.

Bryce Harper, the Nationals' star outfielder and the reigning Rookie of the Year, visited lawmakers Tuesday to accept a ceremonial resolution honoring his achievements on the diamond. The D.C. Council also recognized Davey Johnson for being named the National League's Manager of the Year.

"I really appreciate everything that the city does," Harper told reporters after the brief ceremony in the D.C. Council chambers. "It's a real pleasure playing in this town. We have great fans. We have a great community, and it's a lot of fun."

Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans, one of the Nationals' biggest boosters in city politics, noted that Harper is on pace to hit 95 home runs this season. But Harper tried to manage expectations.

"I don't know about that," said Harper, who has so far knocked three pitches out of the ballpark. "I just hope that we have 98 more in the win column."

Johnson also made brief remarks and described his recognition as "a great honor."

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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