Bryce Harper takes secret selfie with fan

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The Washington Nationals certainly deserve a day off after their ridiculous 16-inning game against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, April 24. In arguably the zaniest game in baseball history, Washington spent almost six hours getting one more run over the Twins for a 6-5 victory. It was the longest regular-season game in Nationals history, lasting 5 hours and 56 minutes.

The Nats were down 5-4 in the 15th inning Danny Espinosa drew a two-out walk and stole second base. As no one else on the team remained to hit, pitcher Oliver Perez stepped up to bat for the first time since 2010 and sent a bunt right down the third-base line. Twins catcher John Ryan Murphy picked up the ball, but his wild throw allowed Espinosa to make it home. Chris Heisey then homered off of Michael Tonkin to win the game and complete a three-game sweep for the Nationals.

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Harper himself tied the seemingly endless game with a pinch-hit home run (because of course he would) in the ninth inning. Perez then put down a bunt in the 15th to extend the game even further, until Heisey homered in the 16th—yes, the 16th—inning to finally end it.

Mr. #MakeBaseballFunAgain was supposed to have Sunday off, but he stepped up to the plate to get his first pinch-hit homer after Dusty Baker asked him to. So, while most of the team is likely relaxing and recuperating at home, everyone's favorite player to both love and hate spent his day off geeking out at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History like a kid on a school trip — backwards Redskins hat and nerd glasses in tow.

But despite the massive collection of artifacts and Americana pop culture collectibles and more, the talented baseball player's favorite thing in the museum wasn't actually a museum item.

It was his own Harper #34 shirtsie, worn by a random young man he spotted in the museum.

Definitely without the kid's knowledge, Harper snapped this funny but somewhat creepy selfie with his fan:

Hopefully, he introduced himself to the kid afterwards...

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Bryce Harper takes secret selfie with fan

T-25. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees & James Shields, San Diego Padres: $21,000,000

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24. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: $21,118,782

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23. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees: $21,142,857

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22. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals: $21,571,428

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21. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers: $21,607,142

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20. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers: $21,857,142

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T-18. Jose Reyes, Colorado Rockies & Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees: $22,000,000

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17. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers: $22,125,000

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16. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals: $22,142,857

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15. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox: $22,750,000

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14. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: $23,000,000

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13. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees: $23,125,000

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12. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers: $23,500,000

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11. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: $24,000,000

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T-7. C.C Sabathia, New York Yankees; Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies; Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels; Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs: $25,000,000

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6. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: $25,857,142

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T-4. Miguel Cabrera & Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: $28,000,000

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3. David Price, Boston Red Sox: $30,000,000

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2. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks: $34,000,000

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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: $34,571,428

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