Bryce Harper Shaves Beard Before Game Vs. Yankees, Fans And Media Push Conspiracy Theories
The 25-year-old outfielder’s famous beard was nowhere to be seen on Monday, and fans and reporters alike quickly started speculating the reasons for Harper’s new look.
There were mixed reactions to the look, but one joke that many people seemed to make was that Harper — who is set to become a free agent at the end of this season — could sign with the Yankees, because the New York team has a very strict rule/dress code that prohibits facial hair.
Thus, the common quip among fans was that Harper is itching to end up with the Bombers next season.
— Pinstripe Park 💣 (@PinstripePark) June 18, 2018
So Bryce Harper has played center field in Yankee Stadium, and now he’s shaved his beard. This dude is dying to be on the #Yankees, isn’t he?
— Christopher Scott (@cjscoott) June 18, 2018
Bryce Harper really shaved his beard when the Yankees came into town 👀
— soph (@itsmrstealyour_) June 18, 2018
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) June 19, 2018
There are a lot of bad things happening in the world right now but Bryce Harper’s chin is not one of them.
— (((Mara Alyse))) (@MaraSaysThings) June 18, 2018
Harper’s new look could also be due to other reasons, however. Scorching temperatures have hit Washington, D.C. recently, and the right fielder has hit a bit of a slump. He is hitting .221 this season and has a 1.63 average in June.
Either way, fans can’t help but obsess over the disappearance of Harper’s beard as if some sort of mythical creature had just joined MLB.
The Nationals (38-32) are second in the NL East and have lost four straight games, the previous three being a series against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Washington is 3.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves (42-29) in their division.
Harper, a five-time All-Star and the 2015 NL MVP, has been with the Nationals since he joined MLB in 2012.