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, 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. 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, 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 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, 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 (26)
  • elizabetht-fel
    8/19/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    Bryce Harper tried to have a relationship with his fans because he may want his fanbase to like him a lot, and he wishes to be kind toward his fans and not be a total jerk

  • kyleighp-fel
    8/19/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    Bryce Harper fosters a relationship with fans because he actually notices them and cares about them deeply.

  • garretta-fel
    8/19/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    CTC: Harper fosters a relationship with his fans because the more you intertwine with your fans the more they will enjoy you, and would vote for you to be an all-star.

  • coled-fel
    8/19/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    CTC: He fosters a relationship with fans because the fans are always taking pictures of him. And, he knows that is one of the most loved players in MLB, so why not take a picture with a fans phone?

  • mattv-fel
    8/19/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    I think Harper forms a relationship with his fans, because it grows his reputation as a person, and it benefits him in many ways. It brings people back to the games to watch him play, and it can lead people to buy his merchandise.

  • kolbyd-fel
    8/19/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    He fosters A relationship with fans because he know he is loved. He just wants to show them how much he loves them. So in return for their support he gives them autographs, balls ,and even sometimes selfies.

  • hollyk-fel
    8/19/2015 - 02:14 p.m.

    Bryce Harper fosters a relationship with his fans because, he says it is fun and he likes to mess around with them to.

  • travisb-fel
    8/19/2015 - 02:14 p.m.

    Bryce makes a relationship with fans so he gets more votes.

  • ethanw-fel
    8/19/2015 - 02:14 p.m.

    Bryce harper fosters wuth his fans so he can have a good time with them.

  • hannaha-fel
    8/19/2015 - 02:14 p.m.

    Bryce Harper Fosters a relationship with fans because he says it's fun. in the passage it says "...Enjoying it with them a little bit. It's always fun." That is how I know.

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