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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Harper Exchanged Jerseys with Stan Musial Before He Died

Bryce Harper was one of the many Nationals stars to shine his light on NatsFest Saturday and pay a visit to 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny, where he shared the very enviable stories of being able to exchange words, and memorabilia, with some baseball legends.

With the acquisition of Denard Span, Harper – who played center field last season – is expected to shift to one of the corner outfield positions for the 2013 season. He was asked whether he’s been informed if he’ll be in left or right.

“I play center, sorry Denard,” Harper joked. “They haven’t really talked to me about it. I would think left field.”

One week prior to NatsFest, baseball suffered a devastating loss with the passing of one of the all-time greats in Stan Musial, at age 92. Although there was roughly 73 years between him and Harper, apparently there was a mutual admiration.

“He asked me for a jersey last year,” Harper said. “I was lucky enough to get one back from him. What a tough loss for the baseball world.”

Shocked by the revelation that a Hall of Famer – one of the most dominant hitters to ever play the game of baseball – would want the jersey of a 19-year-old kid, the guys asked Harper how a generational exchange of that magnitude was arranged, and what it must have felt like.

“They just said ‘Hey, we need a jersey signed’ and I said ‘Ok, to who?’ and they said (Musial) and …wow.”

Enough said.

Harper revealed he also had the opportunity to meet a more recent baseball icon, one perhaps more comparable to Harper’s introduction to Major League Baseball, in Ken Griffey Jr.

“It was this past year in Spring Training,” Harper said. “It was really cool to be able to ask him some questions about his first year in the big leagues and being up there at 19.”

“He said don’t change. Just do the things you do and make sure your team wins.”

He hasn’t yet, however, had the chance to meet another present-day icon; quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III.

“First of all, I like his socks,” Harper said. “Every Sunday, I wore his Adidas socks. I’d wear them to church. He can do everything Michael Vick can do and Tom Brady can do.”

Harper understood Griffin’s decision to push his knee to it’s absolute threshold in Washington’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

“He’s the captain of that team. I would have done the same thing,” Harper said. “He wanted that game so bad. If I’m in Game 5 of the division series and I’m trying to win this game, I’m playing with a broken hand or a broken arm or anything I can do to help my team.”

Per usual, Harper kept his personal goals for the upcoming baseball season closely guarded by putting team goals ahead of his own.

“I write down a certain amount of goals every single year and try to exceed that. Hopefully if I exceed those, we’re winning at the same time. I want to win.”

And in case you were wondering, two very specific words also left his mouth:

Aatayee Posted: January 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM | 47 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bryce harper, ken griffey, jr., mlb, stan musial, washington nationals

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   1. TerpNats Posted: January 30, 2013 at 06:21 PM (#4358559)
Bryce gets it. More power to him.
   2. Curse of the Andino Posted: January 30, 2013 at 06:25 PM (#4358564)
Bryce gets it. More power to him.


Yeah, he really does. Recovered well from all the media attention to his minor-league hot-dogging.
   3. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: January 30, 2013 at 06:27 PM (#4358566)
What a punk.

I really hope Harper and Trout turn into this generation's Mays and Mantle. Or Griffey and Bonds. That would be all kinds of awesome
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: January 30, 2013 at 06:32 PM (#4358571)
The intro is the entire article... except the "two very specific words" teased by the last sentence.

   5. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: January 30, 2013 at 06:36 PM (#4358576)
The intro is the entire article... except the "two very specific words" teased by the last sentence.


Is it "clown question"?
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 30, 2013 at 06:38 PM (#4358578)
“I was lucky enough to get one back from him.


Selfish athletes. Always wanting more.
   7. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: January 30, 2013 at 06:53 PM (#4358587)
I love Harper. He is great.

That is all.
   8. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: January 30, 2013 at 07:04 PM (#4358593)
Somehow he manages to say all the cliched stuff he's supposed to say, but without it sounding canned and annoying. I'm starting to dislike him for being so damn likable and interesting. Jerk.
   9. zonk Posted: January 30, 2013 at 07:04 PM (#4358594)
Seriously...

There has never been a player that I've come to have a completely, 180 degree opposite to what I originally had in total nor in such a short time.

I blame the media for completely misleading me about this kid.
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 30, 2013 at 07:17 PM (#4358601)
The media saw a 17 year old who acted like a jerk and said "Uh-oh, if he doesn't mature by the time he gets to the majors, we'll have a problem." But ... he matured.

I give the media a qualified thumbs-up on their coverage of Harper in his illustrious career at the College of Southern Nevada.
   11. Tom Nawrocki Posted: January 30, 2013 at 07:21 PM (#4358604)
"If I’m in Game 5 of the division series and I’m trying to win this game, I’m playing with a broken hand or a broken arm or anything I can do to help my team.”


"But if I'd torn my ulnar collateral ligament two years earlier, no, I wouldn't play at all. You gotta have your limits."
   12. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 30, 2013 at 07:27 PM (#4358608)
This headline is misleading. For a brief moment I had a burst of joy at the thought of Bryce Harper being dead.
   13. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 30, 2013 at 07:35 PM (#4358614)
The media saw a 17 year old who acted like a jerk and said "Uh-oh, if he doesn't mature by the time he gets to the majors, we'll have a problem." But ... he matured.


Well, he cleaned up his image. He's certainly playing the PR part. Then again, Ted Bundy was personable and charismatic too.
   14. McCoy Posted: January 30, 2013 at 07:44 PM (#4358624)
Douche
   15. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 30, 2013 at 07:50 PM (#4358629)
He certainly seems to be, yes.
   16. Depressoteric Posted: January 30, 2013 at 07:53 PM (#4358633)
Sam Hutcheson, ladies and gentlemen. Sam Hutcheson.
   17. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 30, 2013 at 07:56 PM (#4358635)
Someone needs to break up this reach-around fest.
   18. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: January 30, 2013 at 08:08 PM (#4358647)
The media saw a 17 year old who acted like a jerk

Shocker; a 17 year old who acted like a jerk once in awhile, I'm stunned. I was 17 many years ago, and yeah, I was a jerk. I have 3 teenagers, 15, 17 and 19 and gee sometimes that act like, well jerks.

I would imagine if I could hit a baseball nearly 500 feet at the age of 17, I'd been a bigger jerk.

Harper is awesome. And will hopefully continue his awesomeness well into the next decade.
   19. NJ in DC (Now unemployed!) Posted: January 30, 2013 at 08:32 PM (#4358663)
Bryce Harper is ####### awesome. Yay baseball.
   20. spike Posted: January 30, 2013 at 08:39 PM (#4358665)
I blame the media for completely misleading me about this kid.

I blame Cole Hamels.
   21. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: January 30, 2013 at 09:02 PM (#4358678)
Shocker; a 17 year old who acted like a jerk once in awhile, I'm stunned.

Hell, I'm still a jerk, three decades later.

Bryce Harper is ####### awesome. Yay baseball.

True that. My man-crush grows.
   22. zonk Posted: January 30, 2013 at 10:39 PM (#4358711)
Someone needs to break up this reach-around fest.


Clearly, you've never attended one in person or you wouldn't say that...
   23. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 30, 2013 at 10:54 PM (#4358718)
OK, now I really want Harper to become the best player in MLB for the next 20 years.
   24. Howie Menckel Posted: January 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM (#4358722)

Nice story, but the headline had me picturing an event like after a soccer game (well, not exactly), where as a sign of respect they .. exchange jerseys.

A photo of Stan the Man and Harper at some event last year, smiling and handing over jerseys, would potentially link 1942 to nearly 2042. Alas.....

   25. akrasian Posted: January 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM (#4358729)
This headline is misleading. For a brief moment I had a burst of joy at the thought of Bryce Harper being dead.

See, my first thought at seeing the headline was that Harper's jersey was somehow responsible for Musial's death.
   26. Depressoteric Posted: January 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM (#4358736)
Man is it ever a good feeling to have this guy on my team.
   27. Lassus Posted: January 31, 2013 at 01:08 AM (#4358772)
I'm not sure I understood the Frenchie comparisons until this thread.
   28. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 31, 2013 at 08:38 AM (#4358822)
I'm not sure I understood the Frenchie comparisons until this thread.


Bieber. He's the Justin Bieber of baseball.
   29. ColonelTom Posted: January 31, 2013 at 09:27 AM (#4358838)
Heck, I'm a Phils fan and I love watching Harper play.
   30. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 31, 2013 at 09:32 AM (#4358840)
Heck, I'm a Phils fan and I love watching Harper play.


And this is why I am morally obliged to nut-punch these Harper worshiping threads.
   31. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM (#4358925)
I'm in lockstep with ColonelTom.
   32. zonk Posted: January 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM (#4358930)
And this is why I am morally obliged to nut-punch these Harper worshiping threads.


Considering the difference between a nut-punch and a neck-stab -- the digital psychoanalyst in me thinks you're exhibiting clear signs of a subconscious baseball mancrush that your conscious demands you repress.

It doesn't mean you love Jason Heyward any less...
   33. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM (#4358946)
Considering the difference between a nut-punch and a neck-stab -- the digital psychoanalyst in me thinks you're exhibiting clear signs of a subconscious baseball mancrush that your conscious demands you repress.


I honestly have no idea why anyone other than Natinal fans would like Bryce Harper. Fans of Philly rooting for him is just stupid.
   34. Depressoteric Posted: January 31, 2013 at 11:50 AM (#4358969)
I honestly have no idea why anyone other than Natinal fans would like Bryce Harper.
I like Jason Heyward. I liked Maddux and Glavine. I liked Chipper Jones, for that matter.

See how this works?
   35. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM (#4358991)
See how this works?


Not really, no. I recognize(d) that before the injury Chase Utley was a great talent. I never liked him. He wears the wrong laundry. Sports is about tribalism, not drum circles and everyone getting a participation trophy.
   36. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM (#4359013)
And in case you were wondering, two very specific words also left his mouth:


"Suck it"?
   37. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM (#4359018)
You know, Rickey, it's possible to be not rooting against someone, but also not rooting for them.

Maybe things are different in SEC World, where you are trained to switch from frantically rooting against Auburn to frantically rooting for Auburn depending on what the implications are for your own team's status in the cosmic hierarchy.
   38. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: January 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM (#4359024)

I honestly have no idea why anyone other than Natinal fans would like Bryce Harper. Fans of Philly rooting for him is just stupid.


Hey Cubs fans voted Stan Musial their favorite player ... twice.
   39. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: January 31, 2013 at 12:41 PM (#4359044)
Sports is about tribalism, not drum circles and everyone getting a participation trophy.
Nobody wears his sports bias as proudly as Sam does. He's kind of the NRA of Atlanta sports.
   40. Eric L Posted: January 31, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4359082)
Come on Guys, Sam's tongue is so far up is cheek he is almost hurting himself.
   41. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 31, 2013 at 01:12 PM (#4359085)
In fact, I'm hard pressed to think of a Brave I've hated. Bobby Cox single-handedly reversed all the good vibes to make me hate the Braves.
   42. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 31, 2013 at 01:12 PM (#4359086)
You know, Rickey, it's possible to be not rooting against someone, but also not rooting for them.


If you're not rooting *for* someone, what the hell are you doing out there? Knitting circles?!
   43. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 31, 2013 at 01:13 PM (#4359089)
He's kind of the NRA of Atlanta sports.


You'll pry this tomahawk from my cold, dead hands, buddy.
   44. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: February 01, 2013 at 01:49 PM (#4360051)
The two words: "Pleasegetme abeer".
   45. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 01, 2013 at 02:11 PM (#4360069)
In fact, I'm hard pressed to think of a Brave I've hated.


Steve Avery annoyed me for some random reason, but other than that not so much. Many of their fans though...
   46. SoSH U at work Posted: February 01, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4360072)
Come on Guys, Sam's tongue is so far up is cheek he is almost hurting himself.


Yeah, but that's just a byproduct of having his head in his ass.

   47. Mom makes botox doctors furious Posted: February 01, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4360100)
"Harper Exchanged Jerseys with Stan Musial Before He Died"

that's gotta be like partaking in some ganja with Bob Marley before he died....

*****OR ( come now, people)

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