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?