Bryce Harper’s spring just got that much better, or at the least much more appetizing, as last year’s NL Rookie of the Year has received Chipotle’s prestigious free-burrito card. Chipotle doesn’t hand out burrito cards often, as USA soccer’s Abby Wambach and pro cyclist Mark Cavendish are the only other athletes to announce they have one over twitter.
Harper is currently in the middle of a five-year deal with the Washington Nationals worth $9.9 million, so there’s no way he payed much attention to his Chipotle bills in the first place. The Nationals are located in Washington, D.C., which happens to be Chipotle heaven with more than 10 restaurants, including one just six minutes away from Nationals Park.
Maybe Harper will stop by and grab a few burritos on his way home from work every now and then, but either way, this gives Nationals fans another reason to envy their rising star. The 20-year-old sparked a postseason run for the Nationals last season, and hit .270 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs before bringing home the NL Rookie of the Year.
Harper’s numbers didn’t compare to the rookie showing of the Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout, but his team had the best record in the majors going into the playoffs, while Trout’s Angels watched from home. The Nationals went on to lose in the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Harper’s been off to a great start this spring, hitting .400 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 18 games. It must have been noticed by Chipotle, for whatever reason, as the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2010 thanked the popular mexican grill on twitter, including a photo of the card:
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) March 19, 2013
As you can notice, Harper announced that his Chipotle card is for burrito’s for life, though that might not be the truth. A Chipotle rep told the Big League Stew, a Yahoo Sports blog, that Harper’s card is only worth one-year of free burritos. Nevertheless, that’s a lot of mexican food for an up and coming outfielder, who only has one-year of big league experience. Did Bryce Harper deserve to receive the prestigous Chipotle card?