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Harper graces the cover of this week's magazine, standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial holding a bat behind his shoulders, the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol dome in the background. The headline for Tom Verducci's cover story reads: "What does Bryce Harper have in mind for his encore? Some seriously monumental numbers."
The photo was taken early in the morning on January 27, while Harper was in town for that afternoon's NatsFest at the Washington Convention Center. With temperatures in the 20s, the young outfielder had to bundle up between takes, ultimately appearing in full uniform without any long sleeves underneath.
It's only the second time a member of the Nationals has been featured on SI's cover. Stephen Strasburg appeared in June 2010 shortly after making his big-league debut, under the headline: "National Treasure."
If you're worried about SI's infamous cover jinx spelling doom for Harper, keep in mind he's already been featured on the front of the magazine before. Four years ago, a then-16-year-old Harper was the subject of a cover story, dubbed "Baseball's Chosen One."
Things have worked out just fine for him since.