After the announcement that Bryce Harper had won the National League’s Rookie of the Year honors, the folks at MLB Network chatted with the Nats slugger via satellite from his home in Nevada. Harper chose to forgo the customary “wall full of awards and smart things” interview background in favor of a simple sign, that I’ll bet dollars to donuts was the work of Mama Harper.
“Baseball fans welcome. Everyone else will be ‘thrown out.'”
As for the man of honor, he had this to say when asked about meeting his own expectations this past season.
“I didn’t reach ‘em,” he said. “I’m never satisfied with any of my numbers. My biggest goal is winning a World Series. You know, this is amazing, to win this award and to have this accolade. But I want to bring a title back to D.C., you know. That’s our main goal as a team, as an organization. And that’s my biggest goal. You know, we didn’t reach that and going into next season that’s going to be a goal for me, as it is every single year. I just want to help my team win, game in and game out, and nothing else really matters to me.”
Harper also said that being sent back to the minors after spring training had some drawbacks that he was more than happy to leave behind when he got called up.
“I was just cold the whole time,” said Harper, of playing in Syracuse. “That was the biggest thing. I was freezing. So getting out of there and getting called up and going to L.A. for the first time was an unbelievable experience. And being with the team that I was with, with Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman and Mark DeRosa, just all the guys that really helped me out, every single day, day in and day out, was huge for me. And like I said, this team and this organization is second to none and being able to play in the town of D.C., in the city of it, is unbelievable.”