Pre-game press conference with Harper, Trout

Q. Bryce, you guys have so many young guys on that team, maybe guys who haven't been in the pressure of a pennant race before. Do you think that can play to your advantage since you are blissfully ignorant of the pressure and just enjoying the moment?

BRYCE HARPER: I think our team is really young, but we have a lot of veteran guys, also, that can pick up our slack sometimes. I think that it really helps us out with all of us. I think going into a playoff race, I think we are going to be totally fine. We have a lot of guys that want to go out and play the game the right way and play hard, and we have that fire and passion where we don't want to lose. We have been in some situations this year where the crowd is getting loud and I know it's totally different in the playoffs and World Series and whatnot, but we have come out on top, and you know, it's just a different animal in that aspect, the playoffs and World Series. The guys that we have got, with the passion that we have, I think we'll be fine.

Q. For both you guys, you guys are two guys who came up and had a lot of success right away, and some guys tend to struggle and there's an adjustment period. Is there any advice you would have for young guys coming up, like Wil Myers, and how to make the adjustment smoother?

Mike TROUT: My advice would be just to stay with the approach that got them here. Last year I came up and tried to do too much; trying to hit a grand slam with nobody on base and trying to go deep every time, rather than just staying short, and home runs will come.

BRYCE HARPER: I think he's doing things right and there's a lot of guys in the minors that do things the right way. That's what got them there and that's what is going to get them to the big leagues. Don't forget what got you there, and keep doing what you're doing.

Q. You played with Will Middlebrooks; what do you think of him as a player and as a person after playing with him?

Mike TROUT: Great dude. You know, hung out with him. Got a chance to meet him and know him a little bit. Shoot him a text every -- we talk maybe three times a week, shooting each other texts. He's a great player and he's got a great glove. He's got pop in his swing. I think he's still hitting .300, ten homers, 36, 37 RBIs, just came in, full swinging, never looked back.

BRYCE HARPER: Absolutely. He's an unbelievable ballplayer. I think he has power to all fields, and he's going to be a great talent for the Red Sox for years to come. That wall is going to be a lot of fun for him to hit some balls over. He's an unbelievable talent, great guy and a lot of fun to hang out with and be around.

Q. You and Peter Bourjos in a foot race, who wins it? And what do you do on a homer to first?

Mike TROUT: Homer to first, I run (laughing).

I think Peter has got me around the bases on an inside the parker. But from home to first, we were talking about it the other day, I think I've got him by a couple of steps. I'm not sure what my times have been, 3:06, 3:07. It's all good. It's different. When you're in that box and you lay down that bunt, or you swing or you roll over on a ball, you get a little extra boost in your step and that always makes you a little faster.

Q. What about Billy Hamilton?

Mike TROUT: He's got like 200 stolen bases already. That's pretty incredible. Especially Bakersfield, that place is not that nice. But he's just doing some unbelievable things, crazy stolen base I looked at his average. He's hitting like .372. He must be something special.

Q. Just eight or nine months ago, you were playing in the Arizona Fall League together and now you're here at the All-Star Game together. Did either of you think it was possible for it to happen this fast?

BRYCE HARPER: You know, I think so. I think going into the Fall League this year, went from AA to the big leagues and doing well up there; we went in the Fall League, and I think we had a lot of fun out there. I think everybody knew that our team was good, and a lot of guys in that club are in the big leagues now.

I think our whole demeanor out there was, hey, you know, have a great time out here and get to the big leagues next year, and that's what happened.

Mike TROUT: You've got to be confident in your ability. You've got to go into the year, a lot of hype about us two breaking with the teams. We didn't get a chance to do that, and put us in Triple A, and just never looked back, and that's the thing.

The group we had in the Fall League, big league guys with Brandon Crawford, he was there, Hank Conger. Just the group of guys that we had was a great team. We didn't play as well as we wanted to, long games. It was tough for me, tough for Harp. We had a long year. It was a lot of wear and tear on our bodies.

That was one of the things, the last couple of games of the Fall League, we wanted to get home, and it was kind of like, swing at the first pitch and some stuff like that. BRYCE HARPER: Using the same bat.

Mike TROUT: Using the same bat. We had some fun and jokes.

BRYCE HARPER: We had some fun. We were fine.

Q. What did you think of Mark Trumbo in the Home Run Derby yesterday? How cool was it to see people recognize him now for the power that he kind of has?

Mike TROUT: I think he's a little underrated, because I see his BP every day, and it's pretty incredible. Every ball he hits, left field, center field, it's going a long way. I think I was more excited for him yesterday than he was. I think his nerves were working a little bit. I was trying to keep him chilled a little bit and as soon as he hit that first one, I was a little scared after the first pitch when he fouled it off.

But once he hit the first one, I knew he was going to hit some long ones, and he did.

Q. It's pretty clear that people are excited that both of you are here, and the baseball world is kind of interested in what you're going to do. But what has the reception been like for both of you among the rest of the All-Star Teams that you're on, with what you've been able to do this season and since you've been here?

BRYCE HARPER: I think coming into these clubhouses, you just try to sit back and just watch what everybody's doing and try to just see what they are saying, fit in a little bit and talk. You're around the best players in baseball; so it's a great time to be here, and it's a lot of fun. You just try to learn from them a little bit and take something from everybody. So coming into this year, you just try to have as much fun as you can, and just try to smile while you're here and try to win.

Mike TROUT: Yeah, you've just got to like he said, sit back and take it all in.

I got a lot of advice before I came here; it's going to go quick. The week before the All-Star Game came quick, and then the Derby went last night, and it's already over. Just got to sit back, take it in. You only have your first All-Star Game you can't go back again to have another first one. Just to spend time with my family and meet everybody in the clubhouse and just seeing how they react, it's pretty incredible.

Q. Bryce, now that you've been to an All-Star Game and seen what goes into it, what do you think it will be like to have one in D.C.?

BRYCE HARPER: You know, I think D.C. would be really happy to have one. I think being able to play in your hometown, we have a great fan base out there. They love baseball, a little bit more every single day. I think they are going to have it in 2015 or something like that in D.C. So I'm really excited about that. It will be my fourth year.

Mike TROUT: You'll be what, 20?

BRYCE HARPER: 22. (Laughter.) Hopefully I'll be able to do the Derby out there. It will be a lot of fun.

Q. As good as the numbers are to get you here, the idea of being respectful of the game, how important is that to you as you guys are looked at as the next generation of guys that might be All-Stars for a while?

BRYCE HARPER: I think that you have to give respect to get respect. You have to really earn it from the veterans guys that have played this game for a long time. They went through all of the grinds are playing in the Minor Leagues and through the grinds of playing for a lot of years.

I think when they asked, you know, who would you vote for, Chipper or yourself, I've got to go with Chipper Jones. He's been in this game for 20 years. He's a Hall of Famer. He's the face of that Braves franchise, and any day of the week, I'm picking him. You just have to try to earn respect from them and treat them with the utmost respect. They have been there and done that. You know, I've been here for 28 days (chuckling). I haven't done anything in this game yet.

Mike TROUT: That's the way you've got to look at it, you know. Coming up on, maybe, three quarters of a year playing in the big leagues, and you've got to earn your way and earn your respect. If you don't give it, you're not going to get it back. That's the way I look at it.

Q. Can you just talk about your friendship and maybe how you might be feeding off each other?

Mike TROUT: We don't like each other. (Laughter.) Just kidding.

BRYCE HARPER: It's like Bird and Magic. I'm Bird. (Laughter.)

I think being able to play alongside the best players in baseball and playing alongside him in the Fall League, you know, he was really tired out there, and you could tell, and everybody was tired, and I was. But everybody knew he was going to be a superstar once he got up there.

Being able to see him do well and being able to see all of the rookies do well in baseball, I think it's great for the game and he's going to play this game for a long time. I think having just everybody around, it's going to be a lot of fun for the fans to watch. It's going to be good.

Q. So you don't see a rivalry between you? It's more like you guys are supporting each other.

BRYCE HARPER: I hope I play with him one day. I think him playing center field and me playing right field, it will be a one , two punch.

Q. Do you ever get tired of seeing him make that catch?

BRYCE HARPER: It was awesome.

Mike TROUT: I haven't really looked at it. (Laughter.) No, honestly, I like looking at it. Sometimes when you go through struggles and stuff, you go on your iPad, get some positive thoughts in your mind, just put some smiles on your face. You've got to relive the moment. That's what's been working.