One day after a bogus report had Bryce Harper going to the Philadelphia Phillies, a marriage between the two actually looks to be likely.
Ever since Philadelphia Phillies owner John S. Middleton told USA Today, “We’re going into this expecting to spend money and maybe even be a little bit stupid about it,” the Philly faithful anticipated that Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado would soon be wearing the red & white pinstripes.
With just under 2-weeks left before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, neither player has agreed to a contract. Don’t tell that to some Philadelphia Phillies fans who were recently duped by a bogus reporter on Twitter.
The reporter’s name is Jeff Evans, and if you believe his profile, which has since been suspended, he’s an on-air contributor for 97.3 ESPN and claims to work for KTV.
On Sunday, Jeff Evans “reported” that the Philadelphia Phillies and Bryce Harper had reached an agreement. Anxious Phillies fans took the bait and proceeded to comment, like, and even retweet the bogus report (below).
We know Jeff Evans is bogus thanks in part to Rob Tornoe of the Philadelphia Enquirer. Upon doing a little digging, Tornoe quickly found that Evans was in fact bogus.
Mike Gill, 97.3 ESPN program director said to the Philadelphia Enquirer, “He does not work here, never did. I have no knowledge of who he is.” The Enquirer also quickly learned that KTV is just as bogus as Evans himself.
Philadelphia Phillies fans shouldn’t be too upset though. On Monday, several tweets indicated that perhaps Bryce will take his talents to Philadelphia after all.
First, there was this post by Chris Jones, host of the High and Inside podcast, which claims to show customized Harper/Phillies bats made by Victus, Harper’s preferred bat company.
Then, Bob Nightengale later tweeted that the Philadelphia Phillies “are heavy favorites” to land Harper.
Three weeks remain until position players report to spring training and little has changed the last month. The #Phillies still are the heavy favorites for Harper and the #Whitesox for Machado while everyone awaits to see who blinks first on the final pricetag.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 28, 2019
Soon thereafter, MLB The Show released a tweet indicating that some big announcement was to come on Tuesday (TODAY!!!).
As of this post, no announcement has been made.
You'll want to keep an eye on this account tomorrow… just saying.
— MLB The Show (@MLBTheShow) January 28, 2019
If nothing else, this offseason has been bizarre. For Phillies fans, you might even consider it frustrating. The good news is, all signs indicate the Bryce Harper might soon be coming to Philadelphia.
All you can do… is keep waiting.