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Bryce Harper’s minor league at-bats will have a sponsor

Mar 16, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

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After spending a couple weeks in big-league camp Bryce Harper was optioned to high Single-A Hagerstown, where each of his at-bats will apparently be sponsored by “Miss Utility,” which is a service for construction workers to contact for information before digging into underground utility mains.

Seriously.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post passes along the press release announcing the sponsorship:

Prior to each of Harper’s at-bats, the Hagerstown Suns will announce, “Now batting, Bryce Harper, brought to you by Miss Utility, reminding you to call 811 before you dig.” They jumped at the opportunity to be connected with the top prospect in Major League Baseball, knowing that the window of opportunity as a nonprofit to be associated with an athlete of this caliber is very limited.

I’ll bet Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, isn’t quite as excited about his client’s new partnership, although “Miss Utility” is a non-profit organization.

  1. stealofhome - Mar 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    And thus it was decreed: Bryce Harper will be called “Miss Utility” by his teammates all year long.

    I’ll bet the Nats hope Harper can be more than a Miss Utility player once he breaks into the majors.

    The Suns are really digging Harper a big hole with this partnership.

    I’ll stop the unnecessary digs at this news now.

  2. xnumberoneson - Mar 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    And on road trips, he’ll probably be the Pizza Hut “strikeout player of the game.” Opposing fans chanting “we want breadsticks” is he highlight of many a minor leaguers’ careers.

  3. kellyb9 - Mar 16, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    I hate to say it… they are seriously setting this guy up to be a bust of monumental proportions!

  4. marshmallowsnake - Mar 16, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Don’t believe the hype! That is so funny about the Miss Utility…nicknames stick…so we will see.

  5. brianstabell1 - Mar 16, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    just like Jordan changed the game of basketball , Harper will do the same for baseball. He is a marketing superstar as well as a superior athletic phenomenon. BELIEVE the hype!!!!!

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