Four days removed from the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Bryce Harper continues show unwavering support for his hometown with the postseason on the horizon.
On Thursday morning, Harper showed up to Washington Nationals' practice wearing a #VegasStrong sweatshirt. Later in the day, he displayed personalized "Pray for Vegas" cleats.
In addition, Harper unveiled new cleats with the famous 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada' sign with multiple "Pray for"s on each side.
It is not likely that Harper will wear these cleats during the NLDS this weekend against the Chicago Cubs. The currently MLB rules do not allow personalized cleats to be wore by the players during the game.
A native of Las Vegas, Harper has constantly shown his support for his city throughout his career. On Monday morning, Harper released this statement via Twitter:
The pride of Vegas runs deep when you are born and raised in such a great town. I can't fathom the horrific event that has taken place! ... ...My thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have been affected by this and to all the people that have lost their lives way too soon! Las Vegas I love you and stand with you
Early Monday morning, at least 59 people were killed and another 500 wounded after a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. For more information on this story here is the latest from NBC News.
On Friday the Nationals will host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of their NLDS match-up. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Nationals Park.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.