On the heels of winning a thrilling Homerun Derby, Bryce Harper got a taste of what being a champion of an individual event was like at his home ballpark. Now he has a strong take about the atmosphere surrounding a potential Nationals’ World Series win.
In an interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Harper said that a Nationals’ World Series win and resulting celebration would be “about 10 times better” than the Caps’ Stanley Cup.
“Nothing against the Caps at all, but I think if they – if we brought a title back to this town in DC it would be unbelievably huge and about 10 times better,” Harper said. “Because I mean, winning the Stanley Cup is something that is insanely incredible. Everybody sees that when you watch a hockey playoff game. And to be able to win that, it’s Sir Stanley, is very, very impressive. But to bring back a title to DC, it would be incredible.”
Harper’s enthusiastic argument seems to be that baseball is a bigger sport than hockey and fans would come out even more in droves and be even more excited about a Nats’ World Series title. Harper, a native of Las Vegas, is a superfan of the Golden Knights, who lost to the Caps in the Stanley Cup Final.
According to Mayor Muriel Bowser, at least 500,000 fans came out to the National Mall for the Capitals Championship Parade. In the days leading up to that event, the players took the Cup around the city, which included viral Cup stands and a shirtless fountain celebration at the Georgetown Waterfront. The team also held their first public celebration at Nats Park.
It’s hard to imagine a championship celebration better than what the Caps conjured up, but Bryce wants to prove us all wrong. We’d be okay with that.
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