The Giants have officially entered #MysteryTeam territory.
In an offseason full of signing little-known players like Mike Gerber and Brandon Beachy, the Giants met with superstar free agent Bryce Harper this week, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic on Wednesday.
Sound the alarms.
Whenever Harper is brought up with any team, fans have questions and concerns. Lots of them. Pump the brakes.
“I don’t see any red flags at all,” Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said Thursday on KNBR. “If anything, I think there’s been some positives because I don’t know if he was 100 percent all last year, which tells me he plays hurt. He goes out there every day, and I think that’s very important because even if you don’t have all your tools working, when you step in that batters box, you affect the game.
"I don’t care if he’s hitting .230 in July; you still think the guy’s going to hit one out of the ballpark.
Harper hit a career-low .249 for the Nationals last season after an extremely slow start from the six-time All-Star. He also still hit 34 home runs, knocked in 100 runs and led the league with 130 walks. At only 26 years old, Krukow believes we still haven't seen Harper's best.
“I think the guy is extremely talented, and I think his best years are still to come," Krukow said. "You don’t have many guys that can combine power with the ability to hit for average. There just aren’t that many of ’em, and he’s one of them.”
From his hair, to his beard, to his all-out style of play, Harper brings swag to the stadium. Some people see that as a bad thing, but Krukow would welcome the addition.
“It’s fun for Giants fans as well as broadcasters to imagine having Bryce out there,” Krukow said. “It would be drama every time he stepped in the box, and there’d be drama every time he hit the streets."
Bring on the so-called drama. Bring on the bat flips. Bring on the fun. This is a team that badly needs it, and Harper would bring it all every day to the Giants.