Bryce Harper Shows His Sensitive Side in New ESPN Commercial

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He’s a lover, not a bat breaker.

Bryce Harper wears eyeblack, crushes pitches and can outstare a stuffed bighorn. The Washington Nationals outfielder is, among many things, an intimidating sight to behold. 

But despite his wild-eyed, Viking look, Harper is a human just like you and me—or at least that’s the message in ESPN’s latest “This Is SportsCenter” commercial.

The 21-year-old slugger appears alongside ESPN’s Hannah Storm in the spot. They’re watching Field of Dreams, an inescapably tear-inducing flick for anyone who grew up playing catch with their father.

Harper’s eyeblack begins to run, and he must excuse himself. He has to call his dad. Pops needs to know Harper loves him. It’s the Field of Dreams effect at work. 

On his way out of the office, Harper runs into John Anderson and Bram Weinstein, who see the eyeblack and remain terrified of the young slugger.

Chalk this up as another solid effort by ESPN. It’s no plundering of the lox, but we can all relate to shedding a tear over Kevin Costner reconciling daddy issues through the power of baseball.

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