Bryce Harper to spend the remainder of his career in the “Greatest City in the world.”


It’s not easy being a Philadelphia sports fan. We sit in the shadow of New York, Boston and Chicago, all great sports cities that had multiple championship parades over the past few years. The Phillies are the first franchise to lose 10,000 games. The national narrative is that they are a bunch of drunken hooligans looking to fight anyone and everyone. Why would anyone want to play in Philadelphia? The birthplace of America, rich in history and one huge chip on our shoulder. Guys like Aubrey Huff even chimed in:

So you can understand the fact that fans were on edge. You can understand that we start to believe the national narrative that superstar athletes don’t want to come to Philadelphia. The jilting by LeBron James is fresh in our minds. Callers voiced their frustration on the radio airwaves. Had another superstar flirt with our hopes for a a better team only to leave us at the altar? Did Harper use us to get his wish of a west coast team? Who should we boo more, Harper or Phillies Management?

We Got Him!

When all hope seemed lost, the Phillies pulled it out. Not only that there are now rumors that Harper was texting Mike Trout asking about Philly. This is too awesome. Build that relationship so that Trout comes home. Harper is also recruiting for the Eagles, having sent Le’Veon Bell a message to come to the “GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD!”

And to top it off he will not wear #34, but will wear #3. Fans will love this move as an honor to Roy Halladay. Although Halladay’s time was short lived in Philly, Harper’s gesture shows he is a class act and will be seen as an honor to a hall of famer who was taken from us too soon.

Brotherly Love indeed! The Phillies off season may be one of the best in Philadelphia history. They added 2 former MVPs and 2 more All-Stars to an already solid lineup. Klentak solidified the bullpen and I have a feeling that he isn’t done. A pitcher or two would make this team unstoppable. But until then, Bring on March 28!

In the end it is the Phillie fans who are the biggest winner of all. Baseball is relevant again in our great city. Let’s Go!