Harper says trophies aren’t for everyone
Bryce Harper has never been afraid to share his opinion. Not on his goals (“Where’s my ring?”), baseball’s unwritten rules (“Baseball’s tired”) and now, of course, on the false idol of the self-involved, entitled, snowflake millennial generation — participation trophies. (Spoiler alert: He’s not a fan.)
“As much as they might tell you, ‘Oh, it’s okay you guys lost,’ but no, Johnny, no,” Harper said to a crowd of youth ballplayers Saturday. “No participation trophies, okay? First place only.”
The 24-year-old superstar was speaking to a group from the Northwest Washington (D.C.) Little League, but most of the cheers for Harper’s message seemed to be coming from the adults in attendance.
Harper is himself a part of the so-called “participation-trophy generation,” but like many millennials, he doesn’t seem to agree with the assessment that people of his generation just want things handed to them.
The four-time all-star certainly contributed his fair share to the Nationals’ winning culture in his first five seasons in the majors, averaging 24 home runs, 67 RBI and a .279/.382/.501 slash line to lead Washington to three division titles. And so far in 2017, he has regained his MVP form and has helped his team to a comfortable first-place lead in the division.
Harper was one of several Nationals players who visited with youth players around the D.C. area.