Bryce Harper’s Saturday started well before the Nationals' afternoon game against the Phillies. His day started at the Takoma Community Center in D.C. with the dedication of Bryce Harper Field.
Harper, along with the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, helped renovate the public field in Northwest D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser headlined the dedication ceremony with Harper.
The Mayor spoke of her personal experience growing up in Washington D.C. with no baseball fields to play on. She highlighted that almost 5,000 boys and girls now play baseball in the district.
Harper emphasized, “I want to leave the game of baseball in a better place than when I entered as a kid and a pro”.
The Nationals worked with D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to help create the foundation’s third legacy field. In years past, the team created Ryan Zimmerman Field and Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez Field.
Bryce Harper Field will host Senators Satchel Paige Little League games, along with other youth baseball leagues. It can accommodate both 46/60 and 50/70 sizes of basepath.
Harper closed with, “A field like this not only adds to the community but achieves my objective of making sure the game continues to grow and is left in a better place than when I entered it”.
WATCH VIDEO OF THE DEDICATION CEREMONY IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE.
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