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The old man and the teen: Johnson, 69, and Harper, 19, help Washington Nationals make playoffs

Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper is 19 and looks and sounds the part, from his Mohawkish haircut to his tattoos and well-documented "clown question" 'tude.

His manager, Davey Johnson, is 69 and looks and sounds the part, from his graying hair and leathery skin to the near-whisper speaking voice that delivers tales of chats with Ted Williams.

Yes, Johnson and Harper were born a half-century apart. One's the oldest skipper in the majors. The other put together the best season by a teenage hitter since the 1960s. Able to meet somewhere in the middle, and united by a supreme sense of self-confidence, they figure to get plenty of attention when the NL East champion Nationals start postseason play Sunday.