Bryce Harper Tells Kids: 'No Participation Trophies'

"First place only," the Washington Nationals star says.
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper isn't a fan of participation trophies.
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper isn't a fan of participation trophies.
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While some psychologists champion the merit of participation trophies in sports, baseball great Bryce Harper declared he is no fan of them.

The Washington Nationals star told a group of youth baseball players on Saturday that awards for merely playing the game are a no-win situation.

“As much as they might tell you, ‘Oh, it’s OK you guys lost,’ but no, Johnny, no. No participation trophies, OK? First place only,” he said in a Q&A with youngsters from the D.C. area.

Here’s the exchange:

Harper got laughter and applause, so apparently the message hit home somehow.

At age 24, Harper is already a four-time All-Star and winner of the National League MVP award and is set to earn more than $21 million next season.

He, for one, probably has no use for a participation trophy.

H/T Yahoo

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