When Bryce Harper met with the media Tuesday afternoon to face questions about making the All-Star team, it seemed pretty obvious that he would be thrilled to go to Vegas if he isn’t in Kansas City.
“I’m excited to go home,” he said. “If I don’t make the team, I think it’d be good for me to go home, get away from the world and be Bryce. Be normal, just hang out with the family and get some good home-cooked meals and hit with my pop and just hang out.”
Speaking of getting away from the world, Harper recently made an interesting revelation to the Nats’ Web site. Answering a fan’s question about what he would do it he weren’t playing baseball, Harper said this:
“I’d probably be a firefighter. Ever since I was growing up, I wanted to be a firefighter or a baseball player. Going into the offseason, I’m going to get my EMT and do the firefighting thing so I have something to fall back on.”
Something to fall back on. That seems...unnecessary?
Regardless, I’m not saying that he wouldn’t be happy to make a trip to the All-Star game, if it happens. And thus, the above ad he recorded for the team’s final push, which involves voting on Twitter by using the hashtag #Brycein12. Enough crazy people were obsessively doing this on Thursday afternoon that #Brycein12 was one of the top trending topics in the world, as seen here.
“Going home would be good,” Harper said on Tuesday. “Of course I want be there and be in the All-Star game, of course, but if it doesn’t work out, hopefully I’ve got 20 years in my career to get back there.”
And he continued to be very humble about his place in the sport.
“If my numbers don’t show it, I don’t think it’s good for the game,” he told us then.
“You’ve got to earn it,” he told MLB.com. “There’s a lot of guys in this league that have a lot better numbers than I do. I don’t know, it’d be great to be there and be around all the best guys in the league, it’d just be a lot of fun to go out there and hang out and be around guys that are the best. It’d be great to go out there.”
(Via the D.C. Sports Nexus.)