Bryce Harper had a great opening day, homering in his first two at-bats as the Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins, 2-0. To top it off, it was his first major league opening day, making it extra special for him.
Many players will save a memento from their first opening day, be it a game ball, cap or jersey. Harper wanted to save his jersey. Something to show the grandkids one day. “This is the jersey I wore when I homered twice.....”
Well, the Nationals had different ideas. After the game, they took the jersey and auctioned it off on their website.
Harper went to Twitter to display his disappointment:
They just take my jersey away from me and don’t ask if I want it or anything! First opening day! Jersey gone! #MLB twitter.com/Bharper3407/st… — Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) April 18, 2013
When you have a player who will probably be the face of your franchise for the next several seasons, perhaps you should check with him before selling his stuff.