Hat Swap: Bryce Harper, Phillies fan trade hats during 2-0 loss to the Padres
The Phillies got shut out for the second time in three games against the San Diego Padres today. It’s been a pretty miserable offensive showing as of late for the Fightins and of course, a big part of that is because Bryce Harper has been out of the lineup.
Bryce has been in the dugout and keeping himself busy while he works through treatments on his UCL tear. Today, he was eyeing up Phillies fans and their gear in the stands, ready to make a trade.
Bryce Harper swaps hats with a Phillies fan
Obviously, the first move here is to just to complete the classic “swap” and trade hats but if I’m the fan, I’m also hitting Bryce up for a bat, maybe a glove, some cool Phillies warmup gear, and a batting helmet. You have all the negotiation pieces on your side. Harper wanted the hat and all you got in return was another Phillies hat? I get the fact that it’s Bryce Harper’s hat but come on bro, you could have gotten a haul in return.
Credit to the Fan
I will give the fan credit for a perfect toss into the dugout. Imagine Bryce Harper calling over to you and asking for your hat and you try to play it cool and give a casual toss into the dugout and you end up spinning that sucker into the wall or over the dugout. All of the sudden there’s crap all over that white baseball hat and Bryce Harper absolutely hates you.
That would be so embarrassing. At that point you’d have to strictly sit in the upper deck at Citizens Bank Park for any future Phillies games. There’s no way you can be that close to the dugout again.
Phillies Offense Misses Harper
As for the Phillies, Harper hasn’t played since last Saturday after getting a few shots to treat his UCL tear in his elbow. The timeline for Harper to start throwing again is now at six weeks. It’s pretty crazy to think that if the National League didn’t institute the designated hitter this season, then there would have been a good chance that Bryce Harper would have been out for the season.
Thank God that isn’t the case. After watching Joel Embiid get taped together to play basketball and the the way that the 76ers season ended, losing Harper for almost the entire season would have been the end for me. Luckily, Harper can still mash a baseball and the Phillies are hopeful he’ll return tomorrow for a weekend series in South Philly against the Los Angeles Dodgers.