By: Evan Jankens

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals is one of the best young players in Major League Baseball behind only Mike Trout in my opinion.

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Harper first appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was just 16-years-old.

Now 22, Harper sent out a touching Instagram photo today in honor of Gibson.

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Tuesday afternoon it was announced that the former Tigers’ legend Kirk Gibson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Harper included the following message:

To one of the many players that I idolized, somebody that played the game so hard and played it like every day was his last..You will in my prayers..Thanks for being the way you were on the field to show us guys now how to play the game! #Gibby #MLB

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What a great gesture from a young professional player that really gets he wouldn’t be where he wasn’t if it wasn’t for player’s like Gibson.