Gibson not getting caught in Harper hype

Gibson not getting caught in Harper hype

MIAMI -- After Monday's series finale, the D-backs head to Washington, where they will open a three-game series the Nationals on Tuesday.

The series will mark the home debut for Nationals rookie sensation Bryce Harper, and there figures to be plenty of attention paid to that.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, though, has other things on his mind.

"I'm interested in seeing how I can get him out, just like all the rest of the guys that are going to be playing," Gibson said.

While he has not yet seen a scouting report on Harper, Gibson has seen plenty of him.

"He's very talented from what I hear," Gibson said. "I've watched him on TV. They show every at-bat on TV, so you can't miss it. [He's a] big strong kid, tough, ran into the wall. I think he gives them some more offense. We'll go over how we try and get him out. Looks like he's got a pretty good arm, as well."

Gibson knows a little bit about being a hyped rookie. His manager with the Tigers, Sparky Anderson, billed him as the next Mickey Mantle when he came to the Majors.

"[He's only] 19 years old," Gibson said of Harper being in the big leagues already. "Wow. That's pretty impressive."