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Bryce Harper, the most highly anticipated draft pick of our time, got the call this weekend. At 19 years old, Harper has already created a villainous reputation for himself. Whether you are for him or against him, he’s a phenom. Harper’s swing is vicious, and that viciousness proliferates through the rest of his game. Even in just our first glimpse on Saturday night, Harper showed his Pete-Rose-like style of play, flipping off his helmet as he barreled towards second after a frozen rope over Matt Kemp’s head—Harper’s first hit of his career.
Harper grew up idolizing this guy (though he was born a full 6 years after Rose’s record 4,256th hit)…
Harper is a Marucci endorser, and he swung a grey version of his BH34 model (which they do not sell specifically but from what he swung in the minors, is the CU26 Chase Utley cut). Here Harper is sizing up Billingsley after a broken bat foul ball, just before his first Major League hit…
Bryce Harper’s Marucci bat is inscribed with “Custom Made for Luke 1:37”—a bible verse that reads, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
Bryce’s batting gloves are a custom version of the Under Armour Naturals. (Note: My research for Bryce actually helped me figure out that these are also Jose Reyes‘. That will be included in Reyes’ update.) You can find these (not in Bryce’s colorway) sparingly online. Harper’s gloves are inscribed with “Mondo,” which he says in a nickname from back in his childhood.
Harper runs well, stealing 26 bases (out of 33 chances) in just 109 minor league games last year, and he should steal many many more in the big leagues. On his feet, Bryce Harper wore an exclusive, all-black version of the Under Armour Natural II cleats, another older version that he must find as comfortable as the batting gloves. This model is also available sparingly online, though not in his all-black flash.
As you can see in the feature, Bryce Harper wears stirrups. A lost relic, Harper’s legwear may be an ode to his favorites, Rose, and Mickey Mantle (below).
Why not bring ’em back? Plenty are available online.
Here are the links:
Under Armour Natural Batting Gloves (just a basic Google search, Harper’s colors are nowhere to be found)
Marucci CU26 (based on what we saw from him in the minors, since he started get his own custom label, but we’re not positive the model changed)
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Next up: Harper in the field, check back tonight!