Baseball stars Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant are on-the-field foes in the National League Division Series but the Las Vegas natives worked together on a public service announcement that ran during Friday’s Game 1 between the Washington Nationals and visiting Chicago Cubs.
Harper of the Nationals and Bryant of the Cubs are devastated over the Sunday night shootings that left 58 dead and approximately 500 injured in Las Vegas. So on Thursday, the two former NL MVPs got together to film the PSA in hopes of helping their hometown recover from the devastating tragedy.
“In the NLDS, and the platform we have, the PSA was an easy thing to do,” Bryant said. “We wanted to help out in any way we can. People are going to be struggling for a long time — just as they are after the hurricanes. You see this country coming together. Whatever we can to get people to support, we’re ready to do.”
Bryant and Harper, who were former youth league baseball teammates in Las Vegas, both said they know people who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival and escaped with non-life-threatening injuries. The musical festival was held near Mandalay Bay, which is where the shooter was located.
“I was wondering what we can do from afar,” Harper said. “It’s tough. You want to go down there and help out. … We just want to get the word out and have people provide even a dollar to whatever organization you want. It all counts.”
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) October 5, 2017