Lets talk about the Bryce Harper mural in South Philadelphia
Last night on social media, images of a new mural started to appear that featured what was supposed to Bryce Harper in South Philadelphia.
The mural, located at 45 East Porter Street, in South Philadelphia is on the side of the Dougherty Electric warehouse. Let’s take a look.
Few Thoughts on the new Bryce Harper Mural
I commend the effort by the artist, the idea and concept were definitely there.
However, that does NOT look like Bryce Harper.
Lots of people online in the comments are saying it looks like Matt Vierling and/or Jesus.
If the goal was to paint a mural that is a crossover between Jesus and Harper, with the Phanatic headband, then mission complete and honestly, that’s not a bad idea in the slightest. However, you probably have to lean even more into the Jesus aspect if that’s the case.
If it’s supposed to just be Bryce Harper, I would suggest adding some eye paint and sunglasses.
Personally, I think the Rhys Hoskins bat spike needs a mural, even more so after his EPIC NLCS performance which was rightfully passed over for Harper’s eighth inning heroics in NLCS MVP voting.
I also would have went with this picture after Kyle Schwarber hit his 488 foot home run in San Diego.
Look, I am also well aware how monumental Bryce Harper’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday was. I was in attendance and it was one of the greatest sporting events I have ever witnessed live and that’s coming from someone who attended the Philadelphia Eagles’ NFC Championship Game.
However, let’s cover all sides of the equation. Much like Calum Scott coming to Philly to perform “Dancing On My Own” maybe we should save the murals for a later date? We have four more games to win.
Bryce Harper Home Run to Send the Phillies to the World Series
Don’t get me wrong, I do not buy into the whole “jinx” narrative, which was brought at nauseam after videos of city officials “greasing the poles” started to be posted before Saturday’s Game 4.
On the other side of the “when’s the right time” argument, Bryce Harper is going to be here for the rest of his career and currently in the midst of one of the best postseason performances in Philadelphia Phillies history, so you really can’t pick a horrible time to paint a mural of him.
This just didn’t hit like it was supposed to. The artist is getting slammed in every comment section and honestly, it’s a shame this one really didn’t work out too well because according to his Instagram, he’s done murals in the past.
Check out this Joel Embiid Mural. It’s amazing.
At the end of the day, the mural might not be perfect, but the moment certainly warrants the hype. The Philadelphia Phillies are heading to the 2022 World Series and even still, that feels surreal to type. Enjoy every second of it, Philadelphia.
Shoutout Joseph Dougherty for getting out there and putting his skills on the line to create something for the city to enjoy.