But those looking to compare Harper, the
"I really don't care," Harper said, when asked if comparisons between the two players were fair. "Everyone has their opinion. If they like him, they like him. If they like me, they like me. If they like both of us, then they know the game. If they don't, they're crazy."
Does Harper ever compare himself to Trout, who clearly has been the better player over his first two-plus seasons?
“No, not at all, because I know I’m a damn good player, and he is too,” Harper said. “We’re going to roll through baseball the next 20 years, and hopefully make people turn their heads. He’s going to do it, and I’m going to do it. Guys like
"I kind of figured it, ever since we were in the fall league," Trout said. "It's pretty cool being compared to not just Harper but the Hall of Fame guys like Mickey Mantle, guys you watched play growing up, and guys that I haven't seen play because I was born in 1991."
Both Trout and Harper downplayed attempts by the media to bill this series as a Trout-Harper showdown.
"It's not like we really compete against each other," Trout said. "We're both trying to get hits. For me, if I try to do too much, that's when I get in trouble. I'm just trying to win ballgames."
Said Harper: "There are two teams going at it, not just two guys. There are nine guys on the field trying to win ballgames. I know everyone is pretty excited, but it's just another team we're playing."
"This is not an individual game — it's a team effort," Pujols said. "It's not like you're playing tennis or golf, when you play against an individual. You have to play against the team, and I'm sure that's how Trout and Harper approach it."