One Nationals fan took a trip to Nationals Park on Monday night with a single goal in mind: To look exactly like Bryce Harper.
His mission was a complete success.
To be clear, there's a lot of checklist items that one must cross off when attempting to morph into the MVP's doppleganger. Must-haves for any lookalike include slicked back hair (with solid structural integrity), an arm sleeve (white or black will suffice, as the real guy alternates often), eyeblack (smear enough to get to the point where you think it's too much, then double that), a beard (no patchy ones, please) and a jersey with the top unbuttoned (non-negotiable).
Well, props to this Washington supporter who went 5/5 in those necessary categories, and ended up resembling the 23-year-old star so closely that he definitely could've posed for a few Instagram photos with other attendees and passed off as Harper without question:
All that's missing is a gaggle of Vines featuring that dude hollering at an umpire in not-so-complimentary ways. If Harper does get punished by the league for his postgame actions, perhaps his only defense against the penalty would be to convince the fan to take the fall for him, and say that it was he who ran onto the field and not the real Bryce.
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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.