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Monday, April 23, 2018

Bryce Harper says being a firefighter is his backup plan to baseball

Bryce Harper is 19 years old and already a starting outfielder for a Major League Baseball team, but he has a backup plan in case the whole baseball thing doesn’t work out.

Answering a fan’s question for MLB.com’s Curly W Live, Harper was asked what he would do if he weren’t a baseball player. That’s when he revealed his offseason plans.

“I’d probably be a firefighter. Ever since I was growing up, I wanted to be a firefighter or a baseball player. Going into the offseason, I’m going to get my EMT and do the firefighting thing so I have something to fall back on.”

It’s actually quite admirable that Harper wants to help others and serve the community. It’s even more commendable that someone who has already made millions playing baseball still plans on learning and training in other fields. But what’s funny about the quote is how Harper mentioned being a firefighter is his backup plan to baseball.

Harper is one of the most talented prospects in years and on pace to become one of the most successful 19 year olds in baseball history. Teenagers that can hit .283/.481/.836 in the big leagues don’t need backup plans. But it is admirable that Harper thinks that way, and the comment is going a long way toward repairing what was a bad reputation.

via D.C. Sports Bog
Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

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