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Bryce Harper (with the help of Gatorade) gives high school football team a new locker room.

Aug 5, 2014, 11:03 AM EST

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Gatorade very likely paid for this and Harper is a Gatorade spokesman, but Harper was there on the scene to present Washington D.C.’s Anacostia High School football team with a new locker room yesterday afternoon.

It sounds like it needed the upgrade and it sounds like a good one. I’m mostly linking this, however, because of a Harper quip:

The atmosphere lightened once Harper got to mingling with the players. Chatter began, the stupor broken by selfies, questions, and “thank yous.” When the whole group lined up to take a picture, one of the Anacostia players forgot to take his headphones off. Harper held out his hand to halt him.

“Leave those on man, you might get sponsored!” he joked.

Not much of a joke in this day and age.

  1. someguyinva - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Pfft. Mike Trout would’ve built a whole new stadium, scored every touchdown, handled all the groundskeeping, and played the entire half time show all by himself.

    • renaado - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      This isn’t rugby.

  2. glennsyank13 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    What’s the rationale for having an MLB “star” help out a football team? Not criticizing the gesture, but find it a bit odd.

    • someguyinva - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      It’s giving back to the community, and while the football team will be the first to use the locker room, I’m guessing they won’t be the only ones at the school to do so. Inner city high schools don’t usually have the luxury of separate locker rooms for each sport, and moreover I’m not sure how many DC high schools even have baseball teams.

      • Bryz - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        I teach at a suburban school and despite renovations from a couple years ago, we don’t have separate locker rooms for individual sports. I think only the richest schools have separate locker rooms.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        I didn’t know that any high schools had separate locker rooms for anything other than boys and girls! Hell, my college didn’t even have separate lockers for different sports!

      • someguyinva - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        Everyone’s mileage will no doubt vary, of course. The since-consolidated high school I attended in PA had a general purpose locker room for boys (used for PE classes) and a separate “team locker room” where we dressed out for games, but that team locker room was used by all boys teams, not just football.

    • goskinsvt - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Sponsored by Gatorade, in DC. With RGIII (another Gatorade sponsored athlete) being down in Richmond for camp, I assume this was the most high-profile guy in the area.

    • jwbiii - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      I imagine the Redskins are in training camp now and are unavailable for public events. This assumes that Gatorade has a spokesman on the Redskins.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        Robert Griffin III

      • jwbiii - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Yup, goskinsvt posted his comment while I was writing mine (and answering a phone call).

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      I find it odd that you find it odd.

      • glennsyank13 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Oddly enough, I’d find it odd if you didn’t find it odd that I found it odd.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        That’s odd. Oddly…odd.

  3. huddlma - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    The love affair the baseball media has with Harper makes me want to kick rocks. He’s a .269 career hitter with almost 1,300 career PA. I don’t care if he’s 21 and still has a lot to learn. Simply put, he’s mediocre at best.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Maybe you should find something more important to fret about.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      The love affair the baseball media has with Harper makes me want to kick rocks.

      Maybe you should try using your head next time, instead of your foot?

      He’s 21 years and has 1300 PAs, that 21 year old would put most people as a draft eligible junior in college, not a 3 year vet in MLB. That makes a huge difference. Second, stop using BA as a measure of a hitter’s worth. Unless you think Derek Jeter (.311) is a better hitter than Barry Bonds (.298).

      • huddlma - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        1,300 PAs is a large sample size…he’s not a great hitter.

        And comparing Derek Jeter to Barry Bonds is like comparing oranges to apples in terms of their roles and positions. Bonds batted 3rd or 4th most of his career while Jeter batted 1st or 2nd. But if you want to go that route, Jeter had 200 fewer PAs than Bonds but has 500 more hits. How many 200 hit seasons did Bonds have? 0. Jeter? 8. It can be argued that Jeter is a better hitter.

      • someguyinva - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        Bonds had nearly 1,500 more walks than Jeter (2,558 to 1,076), an OBP of .444 compared to Jeter’s .379, struck out fewer times (1,539 vs. 1,816), and had over 1,100 more total bases (5,976 to 4,873).

        It can be argued that Jeter was a better hitter, sure, but I’m not sure that argument will be a winning one among the majority of baseball fans.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        How many 200 hit seasons did Bonds have? 0. Jeter? 8. It can be argued that Jeter is a better hitter.

        Along with apkyletexas not thinking Greg Maddux belongs in the HoF, I’m going to bring up the fact you think an argument can be made that Jeter was a better hitter than Bonds every time you analyze something. Holy crap this is absurd.

        1,300 PAs is a large sample size…he’s not a great hitter.

        You are completely missing the point about age. For instance, most prospect mavens have highly touted the Red Sox farm system. Guys like Bogaerts, Betts, Vazquez, Middlebrooks, Bradley, Cecchini, etc. Want to know why they compare to Harper?

        Because they are all OLDER than he is

        Harper has a 124 wRC+ thru his current season. This is 24% better than the average MLB player over that time. Your analysis of his batting acumen is awful.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Walks hudd. Walks. Certainly you can see the difference.
      Jeter “arguably” the better hitter than Bonds? Hahahaha!
      In my opinion…Ted Williams is the only person you can even mention in the same breath as Bonds.
      Jeter? Hahaha!
      You win the award! Well done.

  4. huddlma - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    “So, what you’re saying is that one’s perception of a given situation is sufficient? Okay, well, my perception is that, unless his name is Stan Kasten, he has no idea what he’s talking about. And, my perception is also that your ongoing war with the English language is going very poorly for you.”

    (+5) (-22)

    Everyone loves your comments so keep em coming. I’m not voting for #6 you can count on that.

  5. schmedley69 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Not to be outdone, Jayson Werth is scheduled to appear at a local homeless shelter to give grooming advice.

    • gargamelsmentor - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Schmedley….the PC police may very well go off on you, but that as funny!

      • gargamelsmentor - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        was funny…..darn thumbs. :-(

      • natstowngreg - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Saw the picture, don’t believe it. It is contrary to the Bryce Harper is a Jerk and Always Will Be and Mike Trout is Better Narrative(tm). Thus, it cannot be true.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Mike Trout would’ve built it himself.

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