MLB All-Star rocks Tennessee baseball jersey in pre-game outfit

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Tennessee baseball has been making waves throughout college baseball over the past few seasons. The Vols are back in the picture with their trip to the College World Series Finals. Tennessee's recent success has also reached professional levels. 

Tony Vitello has helped a handful of players get to the next level. Vitello and the Vols' recent success since the 2021 season has helped propel players to the next level, and even a few have made their Major League debut. Even MLB players who didn't play for Vitello or the Vols are buying into what they're selling. 

Bryce Harper has been all Vols throughout this season, repping another Vols jersey on Friday ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

The former No. 1 overall pick, two-time National League MVP, and seven-time all-star has repped the Vols on a few occasions this season, most recently letting fans know who he's rooting for in the CWS Finals. 

Harper didn't have any ties to Vitello or the Vols baseball program prior to moving to East Tennessee this past offseason. Since then, Harper and Vitello have developed a relationship, turning the Las Vegas athlete into a VFL. 

"His father was the first quick to point out that guys like, 'Drew Gilbert, Trey Lipscomb, they play like you, Bryce.' He started to watch our team a little bit and enjoy the style that is there," Vitello said in February. "I think moving to Tennessee, into SEC country, you got to pick a squad, you got to pick a side. Again, I don't mean to speak for him, but I think we are fortunate that he has become a Vols fan."

Harper has also worn a "VOLS" hat and Vols baseball shirt during batting practice as other public displays of support for the Tennessee baseball program.

While Harper continues to dominate the MLB, the Vols are looking to bring home their first CWS Title as they begin the CWS Finals against Texas A&M on Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN.