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Instant karma: Washington, D.C. fans can't believe speculation that another team would steal their MVP

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The Washington, D.C. fanbase is being bombarded by rumors and rumors of rumors that their beloved MVP candidate will be leaving for greener pastures.

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Stop me if you've heard this one before.

The MVP candidate's blockbuster free agency derby is still years away. Who cares what team he rooted for as a kid? Who cares how much logic motivates these whimsical connect-the-dots scenarios? This is the franchise player local fans have waited for since relocation, the most popular athlete in town, a young, marketable superstar who can't stop talking about how much he loves his new home. So why is there one headline after another prematurely imagining him fleeing to a bigger, sexier city? Who does that?

Yeah, who does that?

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post's DC Sports Bog is witnessing the ridiculous scenario of the sports-media complex and fanbase lose their minds over the pending free agency...3 years out...of their Major League Baseball MVP candidate and franchise cornerstone, Bryce Harper. Harper's childhood team the Yankees will come calling, pundits say. They'll have perks that no other team can offer. More money. Better organization. A legacy to step into. Championships to be won. It is inevitable. All the while D.C. fans are thinking to themselves, "Why should we be stressing out about this now? Stop. Just stop!"

You guys feel bad for the D.C. denizens, right? Right?