Bryce Harper one of the biggest stars in Major League Baseball ditches his cap for a headband in a nationally televised event, more than a few people take notice.
Bryce Harper has been spotted on numerous occasions wearing headbands during spring training or pregame batting practice. But when the Washington Nationals slugger took the field for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game Home Run Derby sporting a D.C. flag headband, the Twitter world went bonkers.
"Bryce Harper is gonna win this Derby solely because of the bad@$$ USA headband," wrote one Twitter user. Another fan who approved of the fashion statement tweeted, "yoooooo Bryce Harper's karate kid headband is lit!"
The fact that Harper was even allowed to wear a headband was a huge surprise since MLB frowns upon players wearing any type of gear that is not a league partner. The last player to wear a headband in a game was Manny Ramirez, who needed extra support for his thick braids to help keep his cap from falling off.
The six-time All-Star and impending free agent, who will be seeking a $300 million contract this winter, did not disappoint the hometown Washington D.C. crowd. Harper blasted six long balls in excess of 440 feet to eliminate Freddie Freeman in the opening round en route to becoming just the third player to win the Derby in their home stadium.
"We have some of the best fans in all of baseball, and to be able to that with my family out there, that's an incredible moment, not only for me but for the organization and the Nationals fans," said Harper afterwards.
But while Harper took home the hardware, it was the headband that stole the show.Immediately after the Derby, thousands of fans went on social media to find out how they could get their own D.C. flag headbands.