Mets fan plays infield, robs Bryce Harper home run in new Gatorade ad
Gatorade’s new commercial with Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is kind of strange, but what else would you expect from a campaign named “Sweat with the Best?”
The premise: two kids sit in a dugout discussing the campaign, in which Gatorade is giving away a trip to Las Vegas to receive hitting tips from Harper. The prizes also include a photograph of Harper and an autographed jersey plus paid travel and accommodations.
One of the youngsters says to his bud, “Hey, you know what it’s gonna be like if I win a chance to play with Bryce Harper?” From there, a dream sequence commences with the following oddities ensuing:
• Said youngster decides he is a shortstop and/or second baseman for the New York Mets, wearing uniform No. 100.
• Said youngster cracks up umpires and some coaches by doing the robot in the outfield.
• Said youngster robs Harper of a home run—from his second-base position, which he at least acknowledges is “not a short run”—by calling off all three outfielders, levitating up a wall and catching the ball not with his glove, but his bare hand.
The spot ends with Harper lining a ball into the dugout, just above the no-longer-dreaming kids’ heads.
“My bad,” he says, “I didn’t think you needed a glove.”
Sure, a dream’s a dream. But “Mets infielder robs Bryce Harper of a home run” will always be a weird premise.
- Mike Fiammetta