(This is one of the Harperstown t-shirt designs coming soon on www.harperstown.com. Image via @mkuhn55.)
So the Hagerstown Suns have found a sponsor for Bryce Harper's at-bats, but are apparently prohibited from selling Bryce Harper merch yet. But don't worry: a couple of enterprising Suns fans designed their own stuff, and launched Harperstown.com to sell the merch. The website is still under construction, but says they're taking orders. Two different eyeblack styles (call 'em "warpaint" and "reduced") for the shirts, and if you're so inclined, go ahead and order yourself a Harperstown rally towel (can also be used to help wipe off the extra eye black):
Here's what Kuhn had to say:
"One week ago my good friend Jamie Wilhide called me with an idea. He has season tickets for the Suns and he wanted a shirt to wear with Harperstown on it and Bryce's eye black. I threw it all together and came up with our first logo. Jamie loved it so he Tweeted it to Bryce (@bharp34). Bryce did not respond right away but we saw that he retweeted it to his family and the Suns. We assumed he liked it.
The next day Bryce Tweeted to Jamie "I love the shirt". Within hours we were in contact with Bryce's sister. She said her dad loved it and they wanted to purchase 18 shirts for their family. The original intent was for Jamie to wear the shirt to the game and see if anyone wanted to buy some. But we soon realized this was going to be big. We then contacted the Suns who told us they were aware of our design, they liked it, wanted to work with us, but were prohibited by MLB to proceed until Bryce played a game and was officially on their roster. So, we decided to start our own marketing campaign. ...
Currently we have three items in production. The original "War paint" shirt, our new "The Legend" shirt (Which features his reduced eye black) and our "HarpersTowel" Rally towel which reads The Official HarpersTowel of Harperstown and eyeblack34. The towels are being printed and will be available soon. We have ideas rolling out faster than we can produce prototypes."
Here's an image of the warpaint shirt; could a Harperstown Snuggie be next?