From May 5 to May 8, the Washington Nationals played the Chicago Cubs. During the Cubs' four game sweep of the Nationals, outfielder Bryce Harper was walked an unheard of 13 times (including six times on Sunday) during the four game series. While Harper didn't have the weekend that he desired at the plate, he made sure that at least one person could be happy when he gave a huge jar of money to a homeless woman before leaving Chicago.
Harper is a rare baseball player. He could go down as the greatest left-handed hitter since Barry Bonds. Harper might even go down as better than Bonds when it's all said and done. What's important is that Harper appears to be as great of a person off the field as he is on the field. Considering Harper has already won an NL MVP and is the likely favorite to win it again this season, that's saying something.
He talks about wanting to "make baseball great again". It's apparent that he's applying that philosophy to life in general. Harper's taking a hands-on approach to it as well. Athletes should not be championed because so many of them fail to be the role models that fans expect them to be. Harper could be the exception to that rule. We could all learn something from him — be the change that you want to see.
Ranking the 25 best MLB players of the last 25 years
25 best baseball players of last 25 years
Bryce Harper gave a homeless woman jar of money
Craig Biggio, Roy Halladay, Trevor Hoffman, Mike Mussina, Joe Mauer, Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Jeff Bagwell, Eric Gagne, CC Sabathia, Tim Hudson, Chase Utley, Nomar Garciaparra, Miguel Tejada, Juan Gonzalez, Mark Buehrle, Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitle, Curt Schilling, Bobby Abreu, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Beltran, Edgar Martinez, Johan Santana, Jason Giambi, Raphael Palmiero, Barry Larkin, Fred McGriff.
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25. Mike Trout
Rookie of the Year, MVP, 4-time All-Star
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24. Jim Thome
600+ home runs, 5-time All-Star, 72.9 bWAR
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23. John Smoltz
200+ wins, 150+ saves, 8-time All-Star
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22. Frank Thomas
2-time MVP, 4-time All-Star, 500+ home runs
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21. Mike PIazza
All-time catching home run leader (400+ home runs), 12-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year
20. David Ortiz
9-time All-Star, 3-time World Series champion, 400+ home runs