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Bryce Harper: Philly has “a great fan base”

May 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Bryce Harper AP AP

Man, sometimes it’s like people don’t want to throw chum in the water and make life easy for hater bloggers like me. From Brookover’s latest:

Harper also showed some reverence toward the city and also displayed a keen sense of Philadelphia’s sports history by naming some old-time stars. He named this city as one of the places he was most looking forward to play.

“Definitely, coming in here and playing the Phillies who have been a great team and coming into a place that has a lot of history and a great organization,” Harper said. “You’re playing in a place where Mike Schmidt and guys like that played. It’s going to be a lot of fun in here. They have a great fan base and we’re going to come in here and try to prove some people wrong.”

That quote came before the fans (somewhat inexplicably) booed him every time he came to the plate last night. The fans obviously couldn’t have read his words beforehand, of course.  I do wonder, however, if the tune will soon change given words like these and given the fact that, based on is demeanor and his performances against the Phillies so far, he has done nothing to earn the jeers.

(hat tip to ‘Cepts, who shall remain in commenter exile but, having been struck down by me, has become more powerful than I ever realized).

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - May 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Acting all professional and outgoing like this, and invoking the name of Mike Schmidt, the best position player in Phils history, who was routinely booed. This kid is either a legitimately classy young man, or some kind of passive-aggressive genius. Either way, I think you have to like him.

    • natstowngreg - May 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Hard to tell which one. But I love that he hasn’t fit into the “he’s an immature jerk” narrative thus far. Drives the haters crazy, which is always a good thing.

      As for him getting booed, might be because he showed that he can hit and Phillies fans recognize that (health willing) he will do a lot more of that at CBP over, oh, the next decade or so.

  2. El Bravo - May 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    ‘Cepts is like a Targaryen. He will live in exile for awhile, build his army, raise his dragons and come back to take what is his, by way of blood and fire. All those in Westeros shall fear him.

    • number42is1 - May 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      does he have a smoking hot sister too?

    • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - May 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      Half of the Targaryens are mad, such as the mad king was. Is prodding ‘Cepts sort of like waking the dragon? Bravo, you keep giving me reasons to not dislike you. Sure you don’t want to move to Philly?

      • El Bravo - May 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        Wait, the “classy town” is Philly? ahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha

        hahahahhaha

        ha

        hahahahhahaha

        Man, that’s funny. That said, I do like Philly, and I won’t deny it. Fun town where two of my best friends live. Way cooler than Boston as a city in my opinion. Neither comes close to Chicago though, my place of residence :)

        But yeah, Game of Thrones. Awesome.

      • Utley's Hair - May 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Wait…you have friends?

      • El Bravo - May 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        :’-(

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - May 22, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        Chicago is a really nice city in my opinion. I’ve been there twice and really had a good time both times I went. Both times were over 10 years ago, but that doesn’t matter much really. Anyway, I’d suggest reading the song of fire and ice series if you haven’t already. The stuff they leave out in the show makes the story better in the books. But yeah, back to Bryce Harper………..

    • stlouis1baseball - May 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      How much do you pay those “friends?”

  3. Jeff J. Snider - May 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Of course, after the game he said something about how loud the stadium is even when it’s not very full, and how loud it must be when it is full. Kind of a backhanded jab.

    • natinals10 - May 22, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      It was raining and lots of fans left early or didn’t hang out in their seats. I don’t think it was a jab at all. I will give the phils fans some credit as most stuck around.

  4. ss - May 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    “The fans obviously couldn’t have read his words beforehand, of course.”

    Calcatranslation: “The fans obviously couldn’t have read his words beforehand, of course, as they communicate using grunts and simple hand gestures.”

  5. hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Playing the Schmidt card is a winning play with Philly fans. Mention Mike any they get all warm and fuzzy for a moment and get distracted from what evil idea was running through their heads.

    • professor59 - May 22, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Even as a Philly fan, I love this kid more every day.

  6. ningenito78 - May 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Showing a sense of history by naming Mike Schmidt? Wow that’s impressive stuff right there. And really, are we seriously wondering what Harper did to deserve getting booed in Philly? He was born and doesn’t play in Philly. That pretty much meets the standard.

  7. rpink24 - May 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    “fans (somewhat inexplicably) booed him every time he came to the plate”
    He is the first visiting player in the history of sports to be booed by the hometown crowd.
    It should be taken as a complement that the fans find him relevant enough to boo him. Jesus Flores doesnt get booed because nobody gives two craps about him.
    Booing Bryce Harper doesnt mean that the fans dont appreciate his talent, baseball smarts or hustle.

  8. scottp9 - May 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    How many posts have we seen on this blog over the past few years that fit the “Bryce Harper is a punk” narrative? Not too surprising that he’d be booed in his first appearance in a boo-y town like Philly, even without the Hamels contretemps.

    • xmatt0926x - May 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Because he gets cheered in all other cities, correct?

  9. xmatt0926x - May 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Harper is not falling for the pathetic bait they keep throwing his way, trying to get him to trash the fans of an opposing team. Last week we all agreed that he took the high road and stuck it up Hamels ass when Hamels plunked him on the field. This 19 year old is now showing the lame baseball media what class is. Do reporters actually talk about the game with these guys anymore? Instead if old school Hamels I wish we had some old school baseball reporters. Imagine that…

    • ltzep75 - May 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      What, you mean like this?

      http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3187508480/tt0087781

      • ltzep75 - May 22, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        How does my picture of Bob Duvall from The Natural get thumbs’ed down? I normally don’t put too much stock in that stuff, but jeez guys, lighten up.

    • cleverbob - May 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      I suspect he (or the team) has recently hired the services of a PR coach. If I had a microphone in my face on a nightly basis at his age…

      • professor59 - May 22, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        Maybe they just made him watch Bull Durham until he got the quote machine working to perfection.

      • natstowngreg - May 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        + several hundred for Crash Davis School of Baseball Cliches reference.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Class is tossing your helmet between 1st and 2nd bases when hitting a double.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Hahaha! Yeah really Sandy.
        But you realize…
        For those that didn’t see him toss his helmut…it makes him look really, really fast.
        Greased lightening sorta’ fast. Whatever the hell that means.

      • natstowngreg - May 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        So he did it once, in his first ML game. He hasn’t done it since. A cheap shot, and not a very good one.

      • koufaxmitzvah - May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        That wasn’t an attempt at a cheap shot. My impression was based on (surprise) my impression. Saw it live, and yeah, I thought it was pretty gosh darn douchey.

        Not a very good comment on your behalf, NatsTown.

  10. makeham98 - May 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Or maybe Harper is just smarter than some internet bloggers. Tell the Philly fans that you like their passion, and while they may continue to boo you, they’ll respect you. Rickey Henderson was fantastic dealing with “hostile” crowds. Even Canseco won over Boston fans.

  11. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Mike Schmidt? Pshaw. Had Harper named guys like Grover Cleveland Alexander, Ed Delahanty and Sam Thompson, then he’d be really old school. Right, Hamels?

  12. hasbeen5 - May 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    It’s cool Craig, after the game he put on a disguise and said this:

  13. dennisund - May 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Calcaterra: you were just trying to drum up drama yesterday with the ‘throw a battery at me’ quote from Harper, followed by a couple of paragraphs of inflamatory temper tantrums. Now you’re saying he was inexplicably booed. You try manipulating situations like a girl. Candice.

    • El Bravo - May 22, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Girls, er…women, can be impressively manipulative if my own past experience means anything. Craig ain’t got nothing on a truly manipulative woman. But yeah, keep rolling with your semi-sexist mantra brah…

  14. dennisund - May 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    So you don’t disagree, ‘brah.’ He’s got stalker tendancies when it comes to the Phils. You must remember the ‘Mets fan arrested for upgrading his seat’ story with misleading title. The bar is very low these days. Skip Bayless has taught him well.

  15. schmedley69 - May 22, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Looks like he’s already campaigning to be a Phillie. Guess he’s already tired of playing in front of empty seats at Natitude Park.

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