Baseball star snaps selfie with fans phone Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper takes a photo of himself with a cell phone tossed to him by fan Jamie Roach (AP photos)
Baseball star snaps selfie with fans phone
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Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals slugger known for launching long home runs, thrilled a fan at a recent game, gesturing for her cellphone, snapping a playful selfie and then tossing it back into the stands.

Harper took the picture in right field before Washington took on the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of a doubleheader.

"It was pretty good," Harper told The Associated Press when he saw the photo after the game. "Just messing around a little bit with the fans, enjoying it with them a little bit. It's always fun."

The 22-year-old outfielder was looking at a group of fans taking pictures of him from their Nationals Park seats when he noticed Jamie Roach. Harper motioned for the retail manager from Laurel, Maryland, to flip him her phone from about 15 feet above, and when she did, he caught it.

Harper took a wide-eyed, silly faced picture of himself and threw the phone back to her.

"I was so excited, I've never gotten a ball from him, but now I've got this picture," Roach said. "It was very awesome, like a kid in a candy store."

Roach, who said she goes to about 40 games a year, quickly sent the picture to friends and strangers at the game and the selfie was uploaded to social media sites.

The latest All-Star voting results released by Major League Baseball showed Harper leading all National League players with more than 2.3 million votes.

Forget about a picture being worth 1,000 words, but expect this one to be worth oodles of extra votes and fans.

"They were trying to take a selfie with me," Harper told the AP. "I went over there and said, 'Hey, toss me the phone and I'll do it for you.'"

Harper had two hits in the game and ranks among the major league leaders in homers, runs batted in and batting average.

Critical thinking challenge: Why does Bryce Harper foster a relationship with fans?

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COMMENTS (16)
  • JU00baseball
    6/08/2015 - 08:39 a.m.

    I think this is just an awesome thing to do. If your famous youre gonna have fans so why not take it in and enjoy and be nice, I hate those players that are so cocky and don't do anything.

  • kb2001basketball
    6/08/2015 - 01:07 p.m.

    I think this is cool that this baseball player has a relationship with his fans because some professional players don't. Also this is cool because some people don't even get that close to there fans

  • Harbison-Par
    6/09/2015 - 08:00 a.m.

    I thought it was really strange that Harper actually took a selfie with the fans phone. I don't think any other baseball player would actually do hat.

  • jm1999gizmo
    6/09/2015 - 08:36 a.m.

    he fosters a relationship with fans because he's a great player with a good reputation and he has a lot of fans who he loves and he wants to give back as much as possible.

  • DD2001basketball
    6/09/2015 - 08:48 a.m.

    Bryce makes relationships with the fans because so they can know that personal, he's a nice and caring person. So he tries to interact with his fans.

  • Tdoles430
    6/09/2015 - 08:58 a.m.

    Him taking a picture or "selfie" with a fans phone was probably a good day for he fan. It could be one of his biggest fans. He might have wanted to make the fans day, So they can have proof that they actually met him

  • Joni-Pav
    6/09/2015 - 09:53 a.m.

    Selfiing is taking over the world and is going into major league sports today. We need to stop this epidemic before it takes over our world more then it already has.

  • Josephl-Pav
    6/09/2015 - 09:56 a.m.

    This is very cool. Players should be more like this because it makes them more special to fans. Fans have a chance actually meet their favorite players.

  • ChristanA
    6/09/2015 - 11:08 a.m.

    Bryce Harper fosters a relationship with fans because having a connection with fans makes the fans feel closer to the person they look up to. In this case Bryce Harper wanted to show his fan/s that he acknowledges their presence. It was a playful action in his part to also show the audience that his fame doesn't make him stuck up or serious and boring.

  • ClyvenskyH
    6/09/2015 - 11:18 a.m.

    Bryce Harper is a great baseball player who loves his fans. Although the latest All-Star voting results released by major league baseball showed Harper leading all National League players with more than 2.5 million votes. However I think he won because he took a fan phone and took a Selfie ,an gave the phone back to the fan that had attend numerous of his games.

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