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Bryce Harper gives girl with sign asking him to prom signed ball (pic)

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A young Washington Nationals fan attending the team’s game on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park may have come up short in her bid to convince Bryce Harper to serve as her date to prom, but what she received as compensation more than rewarded her efforts.

The young lady, who wasn’t even asking the Nationals superstar to this spring’s prom but the formal in 2016 — talk about getting out ahead of everyone else who may ask Harper to prom next year — brought a sweet sign to the game that read, “Bryce, I Might Strike Out Asking, But Prom 2016?”

Sadly, Harper had to express his regrets and decline the invite, but passed along an autographed baseball that featured the personalized message, “I hope you have a blast and enjoy it!” along with the sign-off, “many blessings.”

The Nationals posted a four-pane photograph grouping on Instagram showing the young lady’s sign, then her reading the message on the baseball and then the stunned and overjoyed look upon her face, along with the signed baseball.

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She looks positively thrilled. Getting turned down for prom probably has never felt so great. One thing about Harper: He sure knows how to ingratiate himself to his fans and make them feel like he appreciates their support.

Harper joins a long list of sports personalities how have politely declined an invite to a black tie affair, although most often the invitations are to weddings, not proms. The likes of Peyton Manning, Nick Saban and Robert Griffin III have gone above and beyond in expressing their regrets to such flattering invites.