Bryce Harper’s preliminary provide from the Nationals for a blockbuster contract extension got here in a novel and mawkish means.
In response to The Washington Post, throughout a rain delay within the Nationals’ remaining house sport of the 2018 season, Harper was referred to as to supervisor Dave Martinez’s workplace.
Nonetheless, Martinez wasn’t in his workplace. As an alternative, group proprietor Ted Lerner and son Mark Lerner have been ready for him and handed him an envelope.
Not eager to be distracted or miss any little bit of the sport ought to the rain let up, Harper reportedly tucked away the envelope away and went again to the dugout.
The sport finally was referred to as, permitting Harper to fulfill together with his spouse, Kayla, in a hallway of Nationals Park. They opened the envelope collectively and noticed the group was providing Harper a 10-year, $300 million extension.
“I used to be type of shocked at it, as a result of it was type of like, ‘Hey, that is a suggestion you’ll be able to’t reject, and it’s going to be nice,'” Harper stated, through The Publish. “I was like: ‘All proper, cool. I obtained it. We are able to construct off that. We are able to work off that.’ If that’s their first provide, cool. Superior.”
After all, the offseason stretched on and Harper and the group have been unable to work off that. He obtained a second provide from the group, which was for an extended extension, however much less cash.
“I’m sitting there like: ‘I’m going to be a Nationwide. I’m going to be a Nationwide,'” he stated. “‘They’re going to make me a suggestion this week. We’re going to construct off of that, and it’s going to occur.’ I advised Kayla, ‘Be prepared to return.’ I flat-out advised her. I used to be psyched. I used to be like, ‘Be prepared to return, as a result of if we will, we’re going again.’ I used to be pumped.”
In the long run, Harper did not obtain what he wished from the Nationals, and the Phillies made him a suggestion he could not refuse.
“They have been simply open and trustworthy with me about their considerations about me coming to Philly and vice versa,” Harper stated. “They wished to grasp if they might belief me as an individual, belief me as a participant. And I really like that. I used to be like, ‘Man, these persons are actually engaged on the gamers they need of their clubhouse and the gamers they need of their metropolis.’ (Phillies proprietor John Middleton) was in a position to put his religion in me with the quantity of years that he provided, and that’s an enormous leap.”
Harper returns to Washington for the primary time as a Phillie for a two-game sequence starting Tuesday.