Bryce Harper is officially a Philadelphia Phillie. The six-time MLB All-Star and former NL MVP was introduced this weekend after the news of his signing created a firestorm through newsrooms and fanbases across the nation. It was a long and hard process over the past few months. Plenty of fans and media members added fuel to the fire with their tweets of speculations, predictions, and emotional pleas. The best of the bunch chronicling the exhausting courting of the star to Philadelphia should not be ignored. Here are some of the best reactions from the various stages in the legend of Bryce Harper.
Bargaining and Conspiracies
Plenty of fans took to humor, conspiracies, signs, and sightings to try to figure out who’s side fortune was on to land Harper.
Millions and millions of Phillies fans have spoken.
John Middleton’s bank account has (hopefully) spoken.
Zach Ertz has spoken.
Now Brian Dawkins has spoken.
— Eagles Fan Problems (@EagleFanProbs) February 20, 2019
Harper wore number 34
3 + 4 = 7
Eagles beat the Vikings 38-7
Bryce Harper to the Phillies Confirmed pic.twitter.com/fUkNCMeluF
— Justin Lever ?? (@JustinLever2) February 22, 2019
John Middleton going to Bryce Harper’s home like pic.twitter.com/e84qkJN9Ko
— Shane Sullivan (@shanesull_21) February 23, 2019
I’m here eating of you don’t believe me pic.twitter.com/7uSbjyU6I4
— ClassicJeff™ (@_ClassicJeff) December 15, 2018
Just saw Bryce Harper trying to order off the secret menu at the Wawa on Broadstreet.
Harper to Phillies: Confirmed
— Andrew Athias (@AndrewAthias) November 16, 2018
Anger and Panic
When it appeared other teams were in the mix or the Phillies had severe competition, the news was not received well.
— JCorrado (@ForzaCorrado) February 25, 2019
Bryce Harper to all Phillies fans hopes and dreams pic.twitter.com/7WljpoVBrT
— Slim Jim (@dripwardbob) February 26, 2019
When you wake up and the Phillies still haven’t signed Bryce Harper ?pic.twitter.com/N5gH1q4Y0G
— Kris Williams (CYNTOIA BROWN WILL BE FREE!!!) (@Kali_dream11) February 22, 2019
— Gayle Saunders (@EagleSessions) February 21, 2019
— Philly Nation (@Philly__Nation) February 25, 2019
Once the news of Bryce Harper signing swelled through the Delaware Valley, jubilation and excitement sprang up everywhere.
We got him. pic.twitter.com/VdoH54Hg5F
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 2, 2019
Snowing this morning? Who cares? It’s Christmas morning — AKA Bryce Harper day! pic.twitter.com/O4APFPcdyS
— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) March 1, 2019
This little guy was all of Philadelphia ? pic.twitter.com/CLoa2U9Fo6
— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) March 2, 2019
Romo with one last throw into the hands of Philadelphia. https://t.co/3K2pfEc3R1
— Big Bryce Harper Fan (@itsStephGee) March 1, 2019
— Chris O’Connell (@CoconnellFox29) February 28, 2019
— Kelly Rule (@KellyRuleTV) February 28, 2019
— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) February 28, 2019
Everyone, it appears, was not happy to see Harper signing with the Phillies.
— Harper Hater (@DC_Wahoo) March 1, 2019
When you find out Christmas has been canceled pic.twitter.com/wvjxYbLgbs
— eytan (@shandershow) March 1, 2019
What if I told you Bryce Harper and Jake Arrieta would be on the same team in 2019… and it’s not the Cubs???? pic.twitter.com/oScoYPLfpl
— Cubs Commenter (@CubsCommenter) February 28, 2019
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) February 28, 2019
Old Takes Exposed
Cheers to all the pundits and media members who had no clue what was happening.
— Brian McCardle (@BriMcCardle) March 2, 2019
For what it’s worth, my source who is close to Bryce Harper tells me #Dodgers and #Cubs were 1st choices all along and he prefers not to sign with #Phillies. I’ve been hearing all winter that Harper does not want to play for Gabe Kapler due to analytics and quirky personality
— Randy Miller (@RandyJMiller) February 26, 2019
Sorry to break your heart #Phillies fans but Bryce Harper isn’t going to Philly. If he were, wouldn’t he have signed already? I wish it was the Cubs, but I believe the #Dodgers? will win the @Bharper3407 sweepstakes. @FOXLA
— Dan Cohen (@DanCohenFOX11) February 26, 2019
Sources believe #Nationals are now favorites to land Bryce Harper. Followed by #Phillies and then everyone else. Washington offered Harper “Well over $300 million” (as reported by @JimBowdenGM) on a 10-year deal and source indicated “I would be surprised if he doesn’t sign It.”
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) January 5, 2019
Sounds like this means Bryce Harper out in #phillies plans. I’ve been told they will not wait and big free agents . They will not play games with their agents. They will move on. That would go for Machado as well. @SportsRadioWIP https://t.co/jD58VJQT7X
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) December 11, 2018
Plenty of other franchises in the city sent the Brotherly Love towards Harper’s way
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 28, 2019
Philly is a great place to be my man, @Bharper3407 …. Welcome brotha! Big things comin’!
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) March 1, 2019
— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) March 1, 2019
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) February 28, 2019
The Bandwagon Forming
With winning and big names, comes new fans. Here’s a woman who’s a Phillies and Orioles fan. She kept repeating “wow” and seemed to be half-enthused. The bandwagon meter was at an all-time high.
— Dan Lee (@Dan_B_Lee) February 28, 2019
More tweets and reactions will be coming as Harper is locked in until the end of time with the franchise. It’s going to be a wild ride and the city can’t wait.