Philadelphia Phillies fans saw Bryce Harper's face Tuesday night, and they weren't believers. Boo-lievers, maybe.
Love was out to get him -- or that's the way it seems -- after the Citizens Bank Park crowd booed the megastar in the final home game of his first month in the City of Brotherly Love. But the years start coming and they don't stop coming for Harper, who is in the first season of a 13-year, $330 million contract he signed with the Phillies.
Harper, of course, turned down the Giants' lucrative offer this offseason. That fact, coupled with Philadelphia's classically Philly reaction, led the Bay Area-based band Smash Mouth to fire off some more takes about Harper.
Yo Bryce.......told you not to go to Philly jackass! The @SFGiants fans NEVER boo their own players! You we're lead by $ only so swim in the sea of boos now! How much do you love your agent now?? Worth the taxes you avoided? How's that 45min drive to the stadium?lol @bryceharper3— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) May 1, 2019
The Giants pursued Harper to the bitter end of his free agency this winter, with sources telling NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic that the club offered the 26-year-old a 12-year, $310 million contract. He decided he could use a little (extra) change, and signed with the Phillies instead. Even though the offer was shunned, the band didn't immediately think he might as well be walking on the sun.
Last month, Smash Mouth tweeted it was a "real issue" the Giants didn't have a superstar in the fold.
The SF-Giants currently do NOT have one superstar, not one! That's a real issue in the SF-Bay Area especially when our B-Ball team has 5. This team has made soooo much $ in the last 10years it's nuts. @KNBR @knbrmurph $30mil more would have landed Harper. A real superstar!— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) March 20, 2019
That's not the way that Smash Mouth likes it, and they seem to be getting bored. The Giants entered Wednesday sitting in last place in the NL West with a 12-18 record, while Harper's Phillies began the day in first place in the NL East (16-13). They improved to 17-13 with a win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, despite Harper finishing the night 0-for-4.
Smash Mouth is just asking what the use is in trying if all Harper gets is pain, since he wanted sunshine and all he's gotten is rain. Harper is batting .231 after his first 30 games with the Phillies, with six home runs and 20 RBI.
That brought out the boo birds in Philadelphia on Tuesday, and Smash Mouth thinks Harper could've gotten away from that place by coming to San Francisco instead. After all, only shooting stars break the mold.