Internet fell hook, line and sinker for Bryce Harper’s latest Instagram post
Stud Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hits free agency after the 2018 season, and if things keep going the way that they're going, he's looking at signing a record-breaking deal. And despite the fact that we're still a year-and-a-half away from that, rumors about where he'll land to play out his prime have been swirling.
Obviously the Yankees are the biggest contenders, as they've actually begun to rebuild their team nad have more money available to spend than they've had in decades. However the Chicago Cubs have also been getting some attention lately. When the Cubs recently played the Nats, Harper fielded numerous questions about whether he'd be looking to join old friend Kris Bryant on the reigning World Series champs.
Bryant and Harper coincidentally both grew up in Las Vegas and often played against each other as youths. They even played together on occasion, and would no doubt love to get the chance again someday.
Still, Harper is still with the Nats for the near future, a reality that is not going to change. And while he may at times be outspoken, he's certainly not stupid. It's far too early for him to be courting the interest of any other teams, and he's too good of a ball player to be looking that far ahead while he still has work to do on his own team.
That's why this Instagram post is so great:
A post shared by Bryce Harper (@bharper3407) on
Obviously the insinuation there is that someday the two would bat back to back in the starting lineup, leading all the trigger happy people on the internet to ponder whether this was a sign that Harper wants out of Washington and into Chicago.
The answer is no, he's just fucking with us because he can. It's always entertaining when an athlete becomes aware of the power of their words and their social media and uses that power for their own amusement - especially when it's really harmless.
Bryce actually has a history of amusing interactions with fellow MLB players on social media. Back in the end of 2013, after Harper finished his rookie season with the Nats, he tried to recruit Giancarlo Stanton via Twitter. He didn't get far, but he did get an incredible response from Stanton, who blew our minds with a solid bit of wordplay.
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