Social media has field day as Bryce Harper heads to Phillies

Months worth of speculation came to an end Thursday as Bryce Harper reached a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for 13 years and $330 million.

So, of course this means we should see what the world of social media thinks.

The Phillies themselves were coy in their response to the breaking of the big news, letting slip only that they are having a good day down in Florida for spring training.

Jokes about the staggering price tag attached to the contract were aplenty…

….as were some digs about the fact that Harper will be 39 by the time his 13-year, no opt-out contract runs its course in 2032.

Some Philly staples got in on the action.

And, there were some awkward truths brought forward as well.

Some of the players for the Philadelphia Eagles were hyped for the news.

The video game series “MLB The Show” released a mock-up of their cover artwork for the 2019 season, which features Harper in a Phillies uniform.


On WTOP’s comment line, Shanika Booth, of Northwest D.C., said “the news stings quite a bit.”

Given how long Harper was in limbo, Harper’s decision wasn’t really a surprise, she said, “and I hope he made the best decision for him and his family.”

Still, the fact that it’s the division-rival Phillies is a problem: “We’ve seen and heard this man disrespected in the ballpark when the Phillies were in town. It’s disturbing. You can’t help but be upset about it.”

Got thoughts on the Harper news? Go ahead: Call us, tweet it, post about it on Facebook for your Aunt Sharon to like, or broadcast to your Instagram Stories. Everyone else and their dogs already have.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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