Harper talks Expos and photoshopped photo

 Despite its authentic look, this is a photoshopped image of Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper in a Montreal Expos uniform.

Despite its authentic look, this is a photoshopped image of Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper in a Montreal Expos uniform.

By Danny Gallagher

Canadian Baseball Network

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- I've seen it and I'm sure many of you out there in cyberspace have seen it.

A recent photo of Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper posing in an Expos' uniform top and an accompanying hat.

The photo actually looks authentic and real. It actually appears as though Harper is at a promotional shoot for an unknown company, staring right at the camera.  It doesn't look photoshopped.

In reality, the picture is photoshopped. Harper admits so and Nationals publicist Kyle Brostowitz said Harper has never posed in Expos' attire.

"I don't know where that photo came from. I've never been in an Expos' uniform," Harper told me with a grin on his face in the Nationals' clubhouse Sunday morning.

Somebody online sure produced a fancy rendition of Harper in Montreal duds. Even Sportsnet a few years ago published an Expos' likeness of Harper on one of its magazine covers.

"It would be nice if we could win the World Series so that Expos' fans could hopefully appreciate it and enjoy it," Harper said. "I hear Expos' fans were great and they had some great teams there. I really hope there is an expansion team in Montreal soon."

Harper admits he has never researched the history of the Expos going back to the late 1960s but is aware of some of the players, who have played for the franchise.

" I grew up in Las Vegas so we never really heard about the Expos but I remember guys like Marquis Grissom, Delino DeShields, Cliff Floyd and Randy Johnson;" Harper was saying.

"What I would really like to see at a Nationals game is a Turn Back the Clock Night and we would wear Expos' uniforms."

Yes, wouldn't that be a sight to behold? Harper in an Expos' uniform scene not photoshopped.

Danny Gallagher

Danny was born in Ted Lindsay's hometown of Renfrew, Ont. but his roots are in nearby Douglas. He played 27 consecutive seasons of top-level amateur baseball in the senior ranks in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec and thrived on organizing events himself, the major one being the highly successful 1983 Canadian senior men's tournament in Sudbury. He began covering the Montreal Expos in 1988 when he joined the Montreal Daily News. Later, he was the Expos beat writer for the Ottawa Sun and Associated Press. He has written four baseball books, including Remembering the Montreal Expos, which he co-authored with Bill Young of Hudson, Que. Gallagher and Young are currently working on a book about the ill-fated 1994 Expos squad. Gallagher can be reached here: dannogallagher@rogers.com