Bryce Harper has had an absolute dream of a rookie season. Called up at 19-years-old, the walk-off wins for a first place team, the youngest position player to ever be named an All-Star, and now a distinction that should and likely does mean to the most to him: playoff bound.
But as exciting as going clinching a playoff berth in your 126th career game should be, Harper said he had absolutely no idea it had happened.
Everyone started going crazy and I looked at the fireworks and said I guess we just did something. Someone handed me a playoff hat and a playoff shirt and I said I guess we are going to the playoffs.
Now it would seem Harper was just kidding, but he wouldnt budge and stuck with his story.
I had no clue. I had no idea, he said.
When the guy handed me this shirt, he just handed it to me and I was wondering what it was and it said playoffs. I was just wondering like, what happened? I guess we clinched a playoff berth.
Harper and the Nats put on shirts that read Natitude and Postseason. He and his teammates made their way back to the locker room for a subdued champagne toast as manager Davey Johnson put it. Harper, however, at just 19 reportedly drank sparkling cider.