On Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers played their first game at home since the Phillies signed former Nationals right fielder, Bryce Harper, to a 13-year, $330 million contract. That game just happened to coincide with Harper’s former home, Washington, coming to town.
In a move that was likely meant to rile up Capitals fans, Gritty led the charge in welcoming Harper to the Philadelphia sports family. But Capitals radio’s John Walton trolled back in epic fashion during his play-by-play of the game.
Flyers and Gritty welcoming Bryce Harper to Philly
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 7, 2019
As Gritty held up his “Welcome to Philly” sign, Walton chimed in with his thoughts with one hell of a burn for the latest addition to the Phillies.
— 106.7 The Fan (@1067theFan) March 7, 2019
John Walton: “Well, that was pretty unnecessary on the video board, wasn’t it?”
Ken Sabourin: “You knew that was coming up eventually, c’mon.”
John Walton: “Caps in town. You’d think he was in the building. Pretty sure he’s in Clearwater. The ‘Welcome, Bryce Harper’ sign up on the video board. We’ll see how welcoming they are when he’s hitting .230 on Memorial Day.”
Harsh, but fair.
During Harper’s final season with the Nationals, he batted an average of .249. His $330 million contract with the Phillies — which includes no opt-outs and a full no-trade clause — is the biggest in terms of total value in MLB history.
It will be interesting to see whether, when Memorial Day rolls around on May 27, Walton’s words were prophetic.
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