As Nationals players scurried to their places for the first live batting practice of the spring Sunday morning, an irresistible possibility surfaced on Field 1. Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper – first overall picks in 2009 and 2010, the most-hyped pitching and hitting prospects of all-time – jogged to the same diamond.

But as Strasburg took the mound to kick off the live batting practice, Harper grabbed his glove and trotted to the outfield to shag. Prospectalooza 2012 would have to wait. When the showdown fizzled, the players showed their personalities – Harper was aware and disappointed, while Strasburg was ambivalent.