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Bryce Harper tells kids about winning

Bryce Harper manages to be pretty striking no matter what he does. His Thursday included telling campers at Fairfax High to “be as sexy as you can,” playing volleyball with the Rebels’ high school team, and also giving this motivational speech to the campers.

“The biggest thing is having fun and really trying to enjoy yourself, and that’s what I did every single day,” Harper said. “Go get a Slurpee or a milkshake right after you play. That’s what I always used to do. Just have as much fun as you can, and battle for your team, and try to win. Losing’s not fun. When people say it’s ok, you had a great game but you lost? Nah.

“You want to win every single game. You don’t want to be one game away from the championship and you lose, and oh it’s ok. No it’s not. I’m sorry. I want to win every single game. I want to win that championship.”

Pretty sure the 6-year olds got some wide eyes after that part. Later, Harper talked about motivation.

“Since you’re out here and you’re playing, give it all you can,” he said. “Don’t come out here and take this game for granted, because it could be gone tomorrow. It’s really a game that I love to play, and a lot of people love to play it. You’ve got to play for the love of the game, not for your parents, or your coaches, your girlfriend, whatever. So have as much fun as you can, play hard, and really battle and try to win every single day.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.


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