WASHINGTON — In perhaps his best bat knob art to date, Bryce Harper gave tribute to the late Harambe during Game 5 of the NL Division Series:
Harper has had fun with messages on the knobs of his bats throughout the season, taking advantage of the camera angle that displays the image so nicely. There was his MBFA stamp, his ‘100’ emoji stamp, and even a full-fledged Statue of Liberty bat in time for the Fourth of July.
Now he has taken up the cause of Harambe, an endangered Silverback gorilla who was shot and killed in captivity, in protection of a 3-year-old boy who had fallen into the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla exhibit on May 28, 2016.
The episode gained tremendous popularity and inspired debate online, as people argued in favor and against the shooting solution.
While some people were legitimately upset, paying tribute to Harambe took on a certain tongue-in-cheek appeal, creating a whole new online movement in his memory.
This is either a touching–if randomly timed–tribute to a fallen primate, or yet another example of how Harper can Make Baseball Fun Again, even in a series-clinching Game 5. Harper didn’t have a MVP encore season while making baseball fun again, but he stuck with his convictions of fun through it all.
This is not the first time that the Nationals have been involved in a Harambe new story, as the team played in Cincinnati less than one week after the shooting.
It was during that game that the Reds were criticized for displaying Gorilla Glue ads along the backstop. Rest in peace, Harambe.