Bryce Harper: Nationals outfielder, slugger… firefighter?

You can't help but have some love for the home team, especially when one of the favorites has expressed his off-season desire to "get my EMT [certification] and do the firefighter thing so I have something to fall back on."

In an online chat hosted by Washington Post Sports, Harper told fans that "I'd probably be a firefighter. Ever since I was growing up, I wanted to be a firefighter or a baseball player." Way to pick the easier one, Bryce! Now the rest should be cakewalk, compared to wrestling your way up into the Majors before you even turn twenty years old—you've got plenty of time to become the other kind of rookie.

Let me get this straight. Not that I'm discouraging his thoughts, by any means—but with eight homers, fourteen doubles, and four triples (plus a rack of other equally-impressive stats), that's quite noble of you. Especially for a 19-year-old, many of whom we've all seen fall victim to a lack of planning for the future.

Good on ya, Bryce. Next time you get a break, come say hi to our guys working coverage at the ballpark. We'd be happy to tell you all about our Department… or you can just read the news, we're usually in there for something new every day (sheesh).

[via Yahoo! News]

The AP was feeling sassy enough to put this photo illustration together, which was the inspiration for the photo at the top. How'd I do, compared to the worldwide wire service?

(© AP, BLS Illustration)

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