From “let Cherrydale burn” to Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper Invited to Become Volunteer Firefighter in ArlingtonARL Now
In a recent Q&A on the MLBlogsNetwork Curly W Live, Bryce Harper mentioned that if he wasn’t a baseball player he would probably be a firefighter and elaborated that he was “going to get my EMT and do the firefighting thing” in the offseason. The Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department in Arlington has invited him to train with them after the season. We’ll see if he takes them up on it. After all, he’s thinking about living here year round…

Cherrydale F.D. has a history with D.C. baseball, dating back to at least 1924 when Washignton won the World Series. Seventy years later, legendary Post sportswriter and columnist Shirley Povich recounted in his column 1924: When Senators Were Kings :

The next day, of course, it was up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House for the World Series champions, the streets lined by tens of thousands. The city’s joy was best expressed, perhaps, by the enthusiasm of the men on the hook-and-ladder float of the Cherrydale, Va., Fire Department, which flaunted a huge banner that read: “Let Cherrydale Burn.”

h/t D.C. Sports Bog’s recent post Nats will wear 1924 uniforms on turn-back-the-clock night on the Povich story

Harper was also the cover story in USA Today this morning: Bryce Harper’s dream: ‘Jeter’s the guy I want to be like’. That’s well worth a read.

Bryce Harper, USA TODAY cover boy

“This is such a great city to play in, I love D.C.,” says Harper, who even before his first home game joined an impromptu stickball one day in the shadow of the Washington Monument. “I love my team. I want to play for the Nationals, 15 to 20 years, if I can. That’s the greatest thing about Cal Ripken, Derek Jeter, staying in one place.

“Jeter’s the guy I want to be like. What I love about him is that he’s not just the captain of the Yankees, but he’s the captain of baseball. He plays the game a certain way, and he’s so good for baseball. Really, he is baseball.”

Maybe, one day, Harper could find himself as the next face of baseball, representing the next generation.

Again, Harper, is just 19, so let’s not get too invested in anything he says now. Even if he is an All-Star.

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