Such a quick ascension to athletic stardom can certainly lead to hyperbole from media members.
But Financial Times columnist Jurek Martin took it to a whole new level in his column titled, “Cherish a phenom before it burns out.”
It appears as if Martin was trying to downplay the hyperbole surrounding Harper, but instead turned it up a notch.
Here’s the opening paragraph, rife in galactic metaphors (via The Nats Enquirer):
Phenomenons, like comets, can streak across the sky and disappear without much trace. These past few weeks have seen Americans gazing with astonishment at the latest talent to appear seemingly out of nowhere. This time it’s not a politician or a celebrity in the midst of a quarter-hour of stardom, but a cocky high-school dropout.
We can agree on the cocky high-school dropout part, but we’re not sure Harper appeared “seemingly out of nowhere.”
Anything else Mr. Martin?
Being on a good team helps, which the Nats, with their excellent young pitching staff and the best third baseman in the game, Ryan Zimmerman, now are… It is best, therefore, to enjoy phenoms while they last and hope they mature and endure.
Politics is like that, too. Barack Obama was definitely one four years ago and in November we will learn if he still is. John Kennedy’s comet was hit by a bullet before it had the chance to endure.
So if Harper “endures” who will he be like?
History is littered with young phenoms who endured – for example, Genghis Khan, William Pitt the Younger and Fidel Castro. All left their marks, for good and ill.
Thank you good sir.
This brilliant column will go down in the annals of great foreign prose written about American athletes, a la the hilarious international hoopla that surrounded Tim Tebow.
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