Phillies' Bryce Harper Gives High Schooler Assist Asking Date to Prom

The Philadelphia first baseman's approval rating appears through the roof at the moment.
May 15, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper (3).
May 15, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper (3). / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper has 135 assists to his name throughout his storied career, including the third-most as an outfielder by any active player.

None, however, was as important as an assist he gave a high school senior recently.

Harper helped Jake Portella—a senior at Haddonfield Memorial High School in Haddonfield, N.J.—ask his date to prom.

"Hi, Julia!" Harper said in a video, standing with Portella at what presumably was his date's house. "Jake wants to ask you to prom, so I thought I'd help him out... so will you go to prom with him?"

Julia quickly agreed, hugging Harper and Jake in that order.

Very few athletes in Philadelphia history have obtained high enough approval ratings to be utilized for prom proposals, but Harper—slashing .273/.380/.509 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs for the 34-14 Phillies this season—definitely fits that bill.

And thanks to the seven-time All-Star, Portella won't be dancing on his own.


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Patrick Andres has been a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated since 2022. Before SI, his work appeared in The Blade, Athlon Sports, Fear the Sword, and Diamond Digest. Patrick has covered everything from zero-attendance Big Ten basketball to a seven-overtime college football game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.