Hockey players are just like you. They’re also sensitive about their follower counts on social media.
Monday after the Capitals morning skate, Capitals forward Tom Wilson revealed that he lost a high profile follow on Twitter recently: Bryce Harper.
Harper, the Washington Nationals MVP outfielder, is currently the MLB’s biggest free agent remaining as spring training opens up this week. Reports suggest that the San Franciso Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Nats are the most likely teams to land the star slugger’s services.
Wilson, however, seems skeptical Harper will return to Washington.
The #Nationals pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Wednesday and Bryce Harper still hasn't signed with a team. Where will he end up? Well, the #Capitals Tom Wilson may have a hint… #ALLCAPS @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/YaReRb6zOL
— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) February 12, 2019
“I know a couple of us got the unfollow the other day so I don’t know if that’s writing on the wall or what,” Wilson said laughing in a video posted by NBC4 Sports. “He’s been a leader in this city for a long time. I know he kinda jumped the Caps ship with the Vegas bandwagon there with where he’s from, but it’s always been fun, and I’m sure he’s going to make the best decision for him and his family and his future.”
A reporter had a followup. “So if he starts following Claude Giroux and Joe Thornton, we’ll have problems?”
“I know he always keeps it pretty tight, but yeah, that’ll be a hint for sure,” Wilson said.
Harper follows 24 accounts on Twitter. Braden Holtby is the only Capitals player that he still follows.
Harper became friends with several players and adopted the Capitals as his favorite hockey team until his hometown Vegas Golden Knights played their inaugural season in the NHL. Harper even picked sides in the Stanley Cup Final, rooting for the Golden Knights over the Caps and wearing a Jonathan Marchessault away jersey to Game Four.
Harper is currently seeking a long-term deal that’s worth well over $30 million per season.
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