Bryce Harper Paid Tribute to Late Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez with Custom All-Star Cleats (Pic)
It was pretty much impossible not think about late Marlins ace Jose Fernandez during the 2017 All-Star Game on Tuesday night. If not for his tragic death last September, he almost certainly would have been the starting pitcher for the National League in front of his hometown fans.
Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper made sure nobody forgot that.
It was originally reported that Harper would sport a pair of special edition Under Armour “Miami Bryce” cleats for his fifth straight All-Star Game. However, right before the game Harper announced an apparent change of plans:
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) July 11, 2017
Take a look:
After the game, Harper explained his custom cleats to MLB.com’s Jamal Collier:
“As baseball players, we’re a brotherhood. We’re not just playing against each other and whatnot. When you lose a member of the baseball family, you always are upset. [It was a] tragic event with a great ballplayer. What a great player he was. His memory was definitely felt tonight. With all the players in this clubhouse, seeing that locker over there, just gives you a sense of energy and passion that you want to take towards the game. Couple weeks ago, when I told Under Armour I wanted to throw that on my cleats and give him a salute, I really let it be known I enjoyed watching him play, enjoyed the person who he was and [it’s] definitely tough, but it’s for him.”
Classy stuff from Bryce Harper.