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 called this shot.

The Washington Nationals slugger known for launching long home runs thrilled a fan at a recent game. He gestured for her cellphone, snapped a playful selfie and then tossed 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. She did, and 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 said she goes to about 40 games a year. She quickly sent the picture to friends and strangers at the game and the selfie was uploaded to social media sites. The Internet took it from there.

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. 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. He 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 (154)
  • MauricioMBlue
    6/08/2015 - 11:22 a.m.

    That would be awesome if that happened to every fans of an athlete! I'm glad he cares about his fans and hope this starts happening more to fans!

  • DavineSGold
    6/08/2015 - 12:12 p.m.

    its good that harper interacted with his FANS but i dont really see why it made news i mean its not that big of a deal its just a selfie.

  • ce2001blue
    6/08/2015 - 01:01 p.m.

    Bryce Harper fosters a relationship with fans because he wants to have the fans get to know him. He wants people to like him and get a good impression on him.

  • im2001moobys
    6/08/2015 - 01:29 p.m.

    I think Bryce Harper has those moments with his fans because it shows that he's not some famous guy who's all about the game. That's awesome though just to have Bryce take the picture, but now that it's on social media people can snap shot it and it's kind of sad at that point.

  • Cadenc-Der
    6/08/2015 - 02:11 p.m.

    The picture of Harper is really funny and the fan was really excited about the selfie on her phone. I didn't know that was aloud for baseball players to do that?

    • Sarad-Der
      6/08/2015 - 02:27 p.m.

      Cool, I agree with you that was funny how would any person that is famous will take a picture with a fan they probably would not let him do that the next time.

  • Norap-Der
    6/08/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    I think it's really cool that he Bryce Harper would take a selfie on someone's phone. I think it's a great way to interact with fans and get more fans. I would be so surprised if a famous person took a selfie on my phone.

  • Waverlyg-Der
    6/08/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    This article was really cool. I loved Harpers picture it was really funny, I am surprised that Jamie Roaches phone did not crack from fifteen feet of throwing.

  • Josephk-Der
    6/08/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    I like this article because the picture the baseball man took was funny and I thought it was pretty cool that he took a selfie on another persons phone.

    • Christianm-Der
      6/08/2015 - 03:37 p.m.

      I also think the picture the guy took was pretty funny. It was pretty awesome that he took the picture on a random person's phone. I bet that person was really happy.

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