“They Should Be Teammates”: Boston Red Sox’s Japanese Superstar Melts the World With Rare Bryce Harper Interaction

Published 05/07/2023, 2:38 PM EDT

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There are few personalities in every sport who inspire others to take the game up. This has been the case in baseball, where young players get inspiration from past players and want to be like them. Masataka Yoshida of the Boston Red Sox is no exception to it and cherishes fan moments despite being an MLB player himself.

Recently, the Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies faced each other in an intense game. The Boston team ended up winning and Yoshida got to have a fan moment with a star from the opposite team. The Japanese player, in a unique gesture, named his dog after his idol. His hero loved the gesture and gifted him something back, which the player will probably cherish for life. So what was the interaction all about?

Masataka Yoshida got to meet his idol, Bryce Harper


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Yoshida is a big Bryce Harper fan. He recently named his dog Harper the same in respect for the Phillies star. The two had a meeting recently and both seemed to enjoy it immensely. Such fan moments are always great when both entities are from the same field. It strengthens the bond between the individuals.

FOX Sports: MLB recently shared a tweet on this meeting. Harper gifted a pair of bats and cleats to Yoshida. The caption of the post read, “Masataka Yoshida named his dog after his idol, Bryce Harper. When the two finally met in Philadelphia, Harper gave him two bats and a pair of cleats”.

Yoshida plays for the Boston Red Sox and is having a great run this season. The player has scored 22 runs in 28 games so far, averaging 0.315. He has an OPS of 0.937 and has claimed six home runs during this period. Yoshida will look to impart more from his idol and continue this run for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, Harper is making a comeback from an injury. Harper made headlines for his fast recovery and has scored four runs and a home run in the four appearances of the season. He is currently averaging 0.375 with an OPS of 1.06 and looks in great shape. He will look to continue the same and help his team come out from the unfortunate run.

Fans loved the meeting between the two exciting figures of the game!

Fans loved the meeting between the two players. Many believed that they should be playing together. Many actually questioned the decision not to sign Yoshida by the Phillies management.

Apparently, they want these two players to be teammates!

One fan asked for the shirt that Yoshida was wearing.

Some appreciated baseball for making this moment happen.

One Harper fan was rooting for the Phillies!


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What do you guys think of this fan moment of Yoshida? Can he stay ahead of his idol this season? Do share your thoughts in the comments below!


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Written by:

Saurabh Saini


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Despite having an engineering background, nothing stopped Saurabh Saini from following his passion and writing about sports. With a sound knowledge of American sports, Saurabh specializes in baseball. Before joining EssentiallySports, Saurabh has written around 800 articles spanning MLB, NFL, and NHL.
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Debmallya Chakraborty