MLB phenom Harper to become firefighter

Washington Nationals player: 'Going into the offseason, I'm going to get my EMT and do the firefighting thing so I have something to fall back on'


WASHINGTON — Rookie MLB sensation Bryce Harper may be tearing up the National League, but he already has plans for a second career — as a firefighter.

Harper, 19, said Tuesday in an online chat on the Washington Nationals' official blog that he plans to become a firefighter during the offseason.

When asked what he’d do if he weren’t playing baseball, Harper replied, "I'd probably be a firefighter. Ever since I was growing up, I wanted to be a firefighter or a baseball player. Going into the offseason, I'm going to get my EMT and do the firefighting thing so I have something to fall back on."

Harper, who hails from Las Vegas, has made headlines both for his play and his colorful personality. He recently trademarked the phrase "That's a clown question, bro," a reference to his response to a reporter’s question in May that quickly went viral.

Harper just missed making the All-Star roster this year, despite batting .280/.354/.478 with eight home runs, 14 doubles, four triples and eight steals before last Thursday's game. His Nationals are currently in first place in the National League East, which could mean he’ll have a short offseason to pursue his firefighting dreams.

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