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Phillies’ Bryce Harper steps up to the plate for high schooler’s promposal: ‘You’re the GOAT’

Phillies superstar Bryce Harper has spoken about the appreciation he has for Philadelphia fans on multiple occasions during his time in the City of Brotherly Love.

He recently decided to show just how much he cares about the fans by creating what will likely be an unforgettable moment for a pair of New Jersey high schoolers. 

A now-viral video showed Harper lending a helping hand to Jake Portello after the high schooler asked the MLB slugger for a special assist.

Bryce Harper reacts to dugout

Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game One of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on Oct. 16, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Portella told “The Phantastic Sports Show” he lives in the Harper’s neighborhood, but he was surprised when the first baseman opened the door.

“I knocked on his door, he seemed cool with it at first, then he was like, ‘Can I get your email so we can plan this out?’ and as I was leaving he was like, ‘Why don’t we do this right now,” Jake said. “I didn’t expect [Harper] to open the door in the first place.”

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Harper and Portella later went to another home where a Haddonfield Memorial High School student lived, and a dream proposal ensued.

Bryce Harper swings

Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action against the Atlanta Braves during a game at Citizens Bank Park on March 30, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

“Oh my god, Bryce Harper is at the door,” Portella’s classmate Giulia said, “I’m going to cry.”

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“Hi, Giulia,” said Harper as he stood at the doorstep. “Jake wants to ask you to prom, so I thought I’d help him out and see if you wanted to go to prom with him. So, will you go to prom with him?”

Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies touches home plate after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning during Game 5 of the NLCS between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Giulia quickly answered “Yes!” and proceeded to hug the baseball star. 

“Oh my God, you’re the GOAT,” she declared, before hugging her future prom date. Giulia’s father was also nearby and took a moment to shake Harper’s hand.

The Phillies are one of the hottest teams in the MLB, winning eight out of their last ten games. Philadelphia entered Tuesday’s game against the defending World Series champion Texas Rangers with a league-leading 34 wins.

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