Before launching his 20th home run of the season Tuesday in his first game at the home stadium of the team he grew up loving, Bryce Harper joined Chris Rose and Kevin Millar on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk.”
Harper sported a custom No. 34 U.S. soccer jersey, a gift from U.S. women’s soccer star Abby Wambach. He was asked about the selfie he took with a fan’s phone before a game at Nationals Park last week, and to take another selfie at Yankee Stadium that was revealed at the end of the show (above).
“It was awesome,” Harper said. “The fans were going crazy out there and they were all taking these selfies and I was looking up at them, smiling, and thumbs up and stuff, and I was like, you know what, I’m going to go over there and take a selfie with one of their phones. … It’s a lot of fun, being able to enjoy it with the fans a little bit. They cheer me all night long. It’s a lot of fun, the Nationals fans are so good out there with me, being able to do that was something I really enjoyed.”
Harper laughed a lot during the segment, including when Rose asked him for more juicy details about Monday’s commercial shoot with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal.
“You’re a clown, man,” Harper joked, declining to offer much more than saying it “was a blast.”
Millar and Rose grilled Harper on a variety of other topics…
On how difficult it is to get chocolate syrup out of his hair:
“It takes a lot less than it does to get ready for a game,” Harper said. “Seriously, it takes me about 30 minutes to do my hair before a game. [Jayson Werth] takes a little bit of time, too. He’s got his Murray’s [pomade]. So he throws his Murray’s in there and lets it eat a little bit. As a team, I think we’re a pretty good-looking team, especially starting with J-Dub from the top with the beard. Scherzer with the two eyes, I mean, that’s incredible. That’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Drew Storen’s got the puppies, so you’ve got a puppy like that, you’re all good man.”
On playing on the same Little League team as Rangers rookie Joey Gallo:
“We were unbelievable,” Harper said. “I hit three [in the lineup]. Joey hit four. We were stacked. … This wasn’t the same team, but me and Gallo grew up playing until we were about 13 together. We went up to a Utah tournament and we were playing. He hit four [home runs] and I hit six in one weekend, in like six games. We went off. We won games and it was like 13-1. … It was stupid. It was absolutely stupid.”
On his favorite incorrect Mormon stereotype:
“That everybody likes BYU that’s Mormon,” Harper, a big UNLV fan, said.
On LeBron James or Steph Curry:
“I’m not even going to answer that question,” Harper said. “I’m going to go Kobe. I don’t want to answer that question because, I mean, LeBron is unbelievable and the Cavs, it’s a lot of fun to see them doing what they’re doing. But Steph Curry, he’s so much fun to watch. He shoots the ball better than anyone I’ve ever seen. … It’s going to be a good series, I think, but if LeBron pulls this out, it’s going to be incredible.”