Bryce Harper on Philadelphia: “I wish I started my career here”
Just when the city of Philadelphia thought they had run out of nice things to say about Bryce Harper, he handed us an incredible postgame interview after yesterday’s 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Bryce Harper loves playing baseball in Philadelphia.
He’s made it clear since the minute he signed here that he adores the city and the fan base and would never want to play anywhere else.
In a post-game interview with 94.1 WIP, Bryce Harper took it one step further:
Don’t show Nationals fans this. They’ve got it hard enough as it is.
I was fortunate enough to catch the interview on the radio live during a post-game walk, and I caught myself grinning like an idiot as he gushed about playing here.
I know it’s pandering, but Harper is the best damn panderer in all of sports. There’s a reason he’s the founder of the Bryce Harper School of Pandering. Just look at this prime example:
Even so, I and every other Phillies fan eat it up time and time again because it shows he “gets” us. The way Harper has embraced the city of Philadelphia since day one is unmatched.
The relationship we have with star players in this city can vary, but it’s always based on two things: hustle and success. Harper has provided both in droves, and we love him for it.
While this website felt the standing-o for Trea Turner would be pretty forced and cheesy, it’s clear Turner, Harper, and the rest of the clubhouse took notice and responded positively to it. Sure, they did so against the Royals, a notoriously bad baseball team, but the symbolism goes much deeper than that.
When Bryce Harper speaks about the clubhouse, you know he speaks for everyone in there. I don’t want to say this is the turning point in the season just yet, but if the Phils continue on this trajectory, that will be pretty hard to argue. Here’s hoping that they do.
Mandatory Credit: OddsHopper