Bryce Harper is ready to rock the red, white and blue on a baseball diamond.
No, we're not talking about him donning his customary Phillies jersey.
In an interview on the Starting 9 podcast, Harper delivered a passionate address vouching for MLB to allow players to participate in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.
"It is such a travesty to me," Harper said. "The 2020 Olympics, in Japan. And you're not sending big league guys? Are you kidding me? You want to grow the game as much as possible and you're not going to let us play in the Olympics because you don't want to cut out on money for a two-week period? Okay, that's dumb."
Baseball was an official Olympic sport from 1992-2008 and was set to return for the 2020 games in Tokyo. However, big leaguers have been barred from participating due to the games taking place in the heart of a typical MLB season.
The NHL finds itself in a similar situation every four years when the Winter Olympics roll around in February. They allowed their players to play in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 before bowing out of the 2018 games, an unpopular decision from the players' standpoints.
Even with Olympic participation, the NHL teams played full 82-game schedules in each of those Olympic seasons. MLB would likely have to alter its schedule somehow to accommodate Olympic participation.
Starting or ending the season sooner would present logistical nightmares due to potential weather postponements. Scaling back from 162 games every four years would mean revenue losses.
Still, with the Tokyo games postponed until Summer 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and MLB's desire to expand global interest in baseball, Harper believes now is the time for the league to change its stance.
"[MLB has] to do the Olympics every four years," he said. "You want to grow the game, you wanna really take it to different countries and different places? You put baseball back into the Olympics but let the big league players play.
"Can you imagine being in a foreign country, standing on the line listening to your anthem blare? There is nothing better, it fires me up sitting here."Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs easily on your device.