Found December 10, 2011 on Nationals Enquirer:
(A Bryce Harper #7 Nats jersey. Image via While you're sitting around waiting for Mike Rizzo to do something this offseason (the B.J. Upton Watch is ongoing), and counting down the days until Spring's time to turn attention to other burning questions. Like, now that it's all but certain Pudge Rodriguez isn't coming back to Washington to serve as a backup for another year, any chance Bryce Harper switches from #34 to #7 in honor of his idol, Mickey Mantle? "I always loved Mickey Mantle," Harper said of why he chose No.34. "Three and four equals seven." (via Nationals Journal, 8/26/2010) Befriend the Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.    

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