Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant share Las Vegas roots

Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant share Las Vegas roots”

They have been friends, teammates and opponents for 18 years.

Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant, two of baseball's biggest stars, appeared together in a public service announcement Friday aimed at aiding the victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern USA history. The PSA was shown on the video board at Nationals Park prior to the opening game of the NLDS between Harpers' Nationals and Bryant's Cubs.

Throwing praise at one another is something that comes easy.

"7", Bryant said with a smile.

"This is awesome", Bryant said of facing Harper.

"This is what you live for", Bryant said. Usually, in club ball, it was fun to play against each other. "I don't know if I've ever seen a response like that". It's definitely special for us.

Despite their proximity in age - Bryant is nine months older than Harper - the pair didn't play for rival high schools, creating what Bryant has called a "friendly competition" more than a rivalry.

Harper and Bryant believe the Major League Baseball playoffs are a good time to publicize what Las Vegas is going through, and they are hopeful people around the country will help.

The two also chatted about lighter topics. "I'm so happy for him and all his success - but hopefully we kick his butt on the field".

He also remembers seeing Harper pitch later on.

"He threw harder than anyone", Bryant said. So it was more of the fear factor of, 'My gosh, if he hits me, I'm going to be crying for a week.' That type of thing.

"He was a freak of nature". "I can't even explain how, like, intimidated I was to watch him just hit in the batting cage". You see this country coming together. We have a ton of respect for each other. This is not about bragging rights. "But Bryce is such a good guy, he wouldn't do that to me and I wouldn't do that to him". "I would not do that to him, and I am sure he would not do that to me". Well done by Bryant and Harper, who are certainly making their hometown proud. Bryant has what Harper wants: a World Series ring.

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