Bryce Harper knows what it’s like to play on a Little League field.
He understands the importance of parents going with their children to these fields of dreams.
He arrived at the Bryce Harper All-Star Complex at Fred Crabtree Park on Monday morning with a simple message for all the young players sitting in front of him.
“Always have fun, enjoy this game,” Harper said, “but enjoy your other games, too (basketball, lacrosse, etc.).”
He later showed off the shoes he would wear to win the Home Run Derby Monday evening at Nationals Park — with his dad, Ron, pitching to him.
The complex in the Herndon/Reston area has been renamed after Harper, who is a Northern Virginia resident, following his significant personal contribution to this project.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of this project,” Harper said. “I felt like this not only adds to the community, but it also achieves my objective of making sure the game continues to grow and is left in a better place than when I entered it.”
In association with the Fairfax County Park Authority, Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals and its Dream Foundation have worked to renovate two youth baseball fields that will serve as a beacon for youth baseball players in Northern Virginia, particularly the Reston Herndon Little League. This field renovation project will expand overall play after enlarging one of the fields, which will accommodate various age levels.
The improvements also include:
- New scoreboards
- Covered dugouts
- Bleachers with shade structures
- Batting cages and bullpens
- Concession stand and restrooms
- Extended irrigation system
“Each season, I get excited for a new Nats uniform and a new batting helmet or bat,” said Donovan Willson from the Reston Herndon Little League. “But none of that compares to how excited I am for the opportunity to play on these new Bryce Harper fields.”