One of the most famous post-World Series nuggets from the 1924 Senators campaign concerned the Cherrydale Fire Department, as seen above. That’s the original story from the Oct. 11, 1924 editions of The Post. The banner mentioned in the last line was referenced repeatedly by Shirley Povich over the course his legendary Washington Post career.
Which is why it was so fitting that, less than a week after the Nats honored that 1924 team, and after Bryce Harper said he wanted to “do the firefighting thing” in the offseason, the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department issued this Open Invitation to Bryce Harper:
We noticed that Washington Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper, when asked by a fan what he’d be doing if he wasn’t playing baseball, responded that: “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.”
Recognizing Mr. Harper’s inner calling as something more than just a savvy PR move, the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department invites Bryce Harper, and any other Nat who’d like to come to check out the fire service in the offseason. We’ll look forward to seeing you at our November meeting.
(Don’t say anything about Bryce Harper driving the Cherrydale fire truck down Pennsylvania Avenue, Don’t say anything about Bryce Harper driving the Cherrydale fire truck down Pennsylvania Avenue, Don’t say anything about Bryce Harper driving the Cherrydale fire truck down Pennsylvania Avenue.)
For the record, Mark Brady, the PIO of the P.G. County Fire Department, recently wrote that his shop “will be glad to accept Bryce Harper as a rookie FF/Medic.”