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Nobody questioned Bryce Harper's decision to wear No. 3.

Especially not "The Answer."

Allen Iverson made No. 3 iconic in these parts.

Imagine what Harper can do to the figure's lore?

Iverson was picturing it Saturday afternoon on the day Harper was introduced and donned the No. 3 for the very first time in red pinstripes.

Dope respect from the Hall of Famer.

Harper also respected a Hall of Famer by choosing No. 3 over No. 34, which he wore during his first seven big-league seasons with the Nationals.

Roy Halladay, elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in January, became a legend in Philadelphia while wearing No. 34.

Harper explained why it was so important to honor that and go with No. 3 (see story).

Of course I wore No. 34, but I thought Roy Halladay should be the last one to wear it. He's somebody in this game that is greater than a lot of guys that have ever played it. Hall of Famer, somebody that played the game the right way, was a great person and one was one of the nicest people I've ever met, being able to play across from him in 2012.

So, for me, it's Roy Halladay. He's 34, he is what represents that number in Philly. When you go in there, you see his name on that flagpole in center field, that's something he should be remembered for.

You can bet Iverson and Harper will be seeing each other soon. Hopefully the greeting includes a photo op of the two holding their No. 3 jerseys.

 

Now that would be cool.

No rush, though — we've got 13 years to make it happen.


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