Bryce Harper unapologetic in cheering for Vegas

Brian Tinsman
May 28, 2018 - 9:06 pm
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Before the Golden Knights existed, Bryce Harper was perhaps the most recognizable athlete to call Las Vegas home. Even if his adopted city of Washington, D.C., is playing for its first big four professional sports title in a generation, his loyalties are not for sale.

"I'm definitely happy for the Caps. A lot of great players on that team as well," Harper told the NHL Network. "I love (Braden) Holtby. He's one of my favorite players. (Alex Ovechkin) of course, (Defenseman John) Carlson, forward (T.J.) Oshie--what a great club they've got.

"But I was born and raised in Las Vegas and I support the Golden Knights. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be a great series."

So fun, in fact, that Harper is planning to attend Game 4 at Capital One Arena wearing a Golden Knights sweater. When he inevitably appears on the TV broadcast, that might be a tough pill for D.C. sports fans to swallow. Hopefully, this is the worst news that Harper will deliver to fans in the next eight months.

If there's a silver lining to this golden storm cloud, it's that Harper is no Johnny-come-lately to the Golden Knights. He was one of the first celebrities on the bandwagon, when most pundits were dismissing the Golden Knights as a worthwhile team, much less a contender.

Apparently, he is completely smitten at this point.

"I’ve fallen in love with hockey. When we have kids, I want them to play hockey. How awesome would that be? I can’t imagine being on the ice and playing such a cool sport."

"I get more nervous watching them than anything I've ever done in my life,'' Harper told USA TODAY. "Even playing ball. I don't get nervous watching my team or when I play at all. I really don't. But when I'm watching them, I get so nervous. I'll sit on the couch with my wife, going nuts. It's unreal.''

Back on May 1, Harper made the keen observation on Twitter: what if the Caps play the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Finals? That what-if has come to fruition, and he's been ready in the most Harper way possible. 

Near the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Harper posted a picture to Instagram stories of his bat head, which now sports the Golden Knights logo.

That may not sit well with D.C. sports fans, but at least he's committed to the bit.

 

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