Love him or hate him, Bryce Harper is a great baseball player. Typically, in order to be great at anything in life you need a competitive drive that pushes you to be great. The difference in the feeling after a win and loss is what leads that competitive drive. As a competitor there's no better feeling than winning and no worse feeling than losing. Well, as many of you know in this day and age leaders of youth sport organizations believe it's more important to "just have fun." Bryce Harper set the record straight with kids that it's not just about showing up and participating, but that it's about winning. He had a moment like Ricky Bobby's dad from 'Talledega Nights' when he told a young Ricky Bobby "you're either first or last." That saying is what drove Ricky Bobby to be one of the greatest driving champions ever. Obviously it's a movie, but it applies to real life 100%.
Bryce Harper, sat in front of a group of little leaguers and essentially said you're either first or last kids. What Harper actually said was, " no participation trophies, first place only." The way he said it and the way crowd responded lead me to believe it was apart of a joke, but I think he just delivered it so on point that he just got it to come across that way. If my favorite athlete came up to me when I was a kid and said some shit like this I would've been working day and night to not let them down. Unfortunately, the soft parents of this generation were handing me participation trophies, telling me I'm not a loser even though my team lost every game. I love this attitude by Bryce and the initiative he has to set the record straight that sports are about winning. Winning is fun, so if you wanna just have fun, just win, pretty simple. Hyped Bryce had the cojones to just tell it how it is unlike the majority of today's stars.