How Bryce Harper acquired a custom firefighter helmet for Nationals’ clubhouse celebration

 

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Article from: The Washington Post –

“One of the most indelible images from the the Nationals’ clubhouse celebration Tuesday after Washington clinched its second National League East division title in three years was Bryce Harper in a custom D.C. Fire Department firefighter’s helmet. Harper’s cryptic, since-deleted tweet last Friday asking D.C. firefighters for a favor in exchange for a bat or some tickets now made sense.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Harper’s appeal made its way to D.C. firefighter John Landi, a seven-year veteran of the department who works at Truck 17. Landi tweeted back and was eventually put in touch with one of Harper’s representatives, who explained that the outfielder was hoping to acquire a custom, authentic DCFD firefighter helmet with his name and No. 34 to wear after the Nationals clinched the division. One of Landi’s friends in the department started working on the helmet on Friday. By Sunday, it was ready to be shipped to Atlanta.

A family engagement prevented Landi from watching Tuesday’s division-clinching win, but he was in front of a TV in time to see the Nationals’ beer-filed postgame party.

“We’re watching it and they all start to put their hats on,” said Landi, who kept the helmet a secret from most of his co-workers. “My fiancée is like, ‘He’s not wearing it, he’s not wearing it.’ I said, ‘Just wait.’ Then he put it on. All the DCFD guys were going nuts over it. It was all over Twitter and everything.” Full Story Continued…

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The Washington Post – Thanks to @LobShots, who passed along Harper’s tweet, and @kevinshafer1067.

 

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