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Bryce Harper paid a touching tribute to the late Harambe before Game 5

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Washington Nationals' star Bryce Harper is no stranger to pop culture, and he's never been afraid to show it. The right fielder was pictured taking batting practice before a decisive Game 5 against the Dodgers with a bat that had a stamp of the late, great Harambe, the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla tragically shot to death last May after a child fell into his enclosure.

Now, some would say that Harambe memes have had their summer of fun and should be quietly shown the door, but if there's anyone that can keep something cool, it's Harper. We can all recall the time he was the king of keeping things 100, and if this gets a similar reaction, he'll continue his reign of being simultaneously the most loved and hated player in the league.

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Frankly, we say all neutral fans should cheer for the Nationals just to see what else Harper's stamp/stencil guy can come up with for the rest of the playoffs. Stamp/stencil guy: if you're reading this, get on the Ken Bone image post-haste. It'll even match the Nationals' colors!

Of course, Bone's already started selling out, so he's only got a couple more days on the shelf before it's not fun anymore. Then again, Bryce is so dang cool he could probably pull off the Ken Bone bat sarcastically and still come off awesome. The guy can't not be cool.

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In this photo taken April 30, 2010, Bryce Harper plays with College of Southern Nevada Coyotes baseball team in Henderson, Nev. Bryce Harper's story book tale is nearly complete as major league baseball's amateur draft approaches, one year and 29 home runs after Sports Illustrated pegged the teen as the LeBron James of the diamond. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
In this photo taken April 30, 2010, Bryce Harper plays with College of Southern Nevada Coyotes baseball team in Henderson, Nev. Bryce Harper's story book tale is nearly complete as major league baseball's amateur draft approaches, one year and 29 home runs after Sports Illustrated pegged the teen as the LeBron James of the diamond. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Baseball player Bryce Harper smiles during an interview in Newport Beach, Calif., Monday, June 7, 2010. The Washington Nationals selected junior college slugger Bryce Harper with the No. 1 overall pick in the baseball draft Monday night. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Bryce Harper, smiles, at a news conference where the Washington Nationals basetball team introduced him as their first overall selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, at Nationals Park in Washington Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, left, shakes hands with Bryce Harper at a news conference where the Nationals introduced Harper as their first overall selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, at Nationals Park in Washington Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. Harper agreed to a $9.9 million, five-year deal with the baseball club last week. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper makes his way to the batting cages during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper during a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
FILE - This May 25, 2011 file photo shows Hagerstown Suns center fielder and Washington Nationals top draft pick Bryce Harper, warming up before a minor league baseball game in Hagerstown, Md. He's got a major-league arm, a powerful swing and is very competitive. Everything else is a work in progress for an 18-year-old who, in another world, would right now be rehashing tales from his senior prom. (AP Photo/Timothy Jacobsen, File)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper stretches during the team's first official full squad workout at spring training baseball, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is unable to make the catch on a ball hit by Houston Astros' Brian Bixler in the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game, Sunday, March 4, 2012, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper reacts after scoring on a game-winning, two-run home run by Ian Desmond during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-4. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
In this May 27, 2012, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) follows through with a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
WASHINGTON, DC OCTOBER, 10: Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34) wears red contact lenses during game three of the NLDS on Oct. 8, 2012 in Washington, DC (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right, reacts after crossing home plate on a solo home run, next to St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the third inning of Game 5 of the National League division baseball series on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper runs to the dugout during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) hold up his National League Rookie of the Year trophy before the opening day baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Washington, on Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper loosens up in the on deck circle in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
National League's Bryce Harper, of the Washington Nationals, hits his first home run during the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 29: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 29, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Nationals 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper practices bunting during a spring training baseball workout, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Kissimmiee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper gestures as he celebrates his home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Washington. The Brewers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, left, and left fielder Bryce Harper react in the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Washington. The Nationals won 13-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper slides into third on a hit by Ian Desmond during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) makes a sliding catch to retire Atlanta Braves' Chris Johnson in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Washington Nationals Bryce Harper warms up before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Washington Nationals Bryce Harper celebrates after scoring on a solo home run in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper adjusts his cap while posing for a photographer during the team's photo day at their spring training baseball facility, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper hits a three-run home run during the seventh inning in a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, May 17, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper slides safely into home on a double by Ryan Zimmerman during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper walks through the dugout in the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 8-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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