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Bryce Harper's Phanatic and Gritty T-shirt has everyone talking

Bryce Harper's Phanatic and Gritty T-shirt has everyone talking

Bryce Harper has arrived.

Picture this: You’ve just signed a 13-year, $330 million contract and you’re getting ready to head to work for the very first time. You have a closet, or suitcase, full of clothes to wear on the first day and you choose this one.

If you’re wondering, Gritty approves.

https://twitter.com/GrittyNHL/status/1111293155494821888

Yep, that’s right. In his first pregame walk to the clubhouse, Bryce Harper wore a shirt of Gritty and the Phanatic as characters from Pulp Fiction. Just incredible.

I think it goes to show that Harper isn’t taking himself too seriously despite all the attention and focus on what will be a huge opening day at Citizens Bank Park. He’s aware of what the fans want to see and it’s a 26-year-old kid having fun, playing the game he loves.

We’re ready for Day 1 of the Bryce Harper era, which will hopefully be filled with many more moments in which he’s able to have fun on and off the field.

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At the Yard podcast: Reacting to the huge Zack Wheeler news

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At the Yard podcast: Reacting to the huge Zack Wheeler news

Ricky Bottalico and Corey Seidman react to the big news of the Phillies agreeing to a five-year deal with Zack Wheeler on the latest At The Yard podcast.

They also discuss the possibility of the Phillies signing Didi Gregorius, Cole Hamels heading to the Braves, and much more.

• Initial impressions of the signing
• What the guys like most about Wheeler
• Was this the right price?
• Bittersweet day with Hamels to Braves
• Phillies still need to add another good SP
• One Wheeler concern
• The market for Anthony Rendon



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Rhys Hoskins stoked for early Zack Wheeler gift from Santa Klentak, Mets fans irate

Rhys Hoskins stoked for early Zack Wheeler gift from Santa Klentak, Mets fans irate

Christmas came early for free-agent pitcher Zack Wheeler in the form of a five-year, $118 million contract from the Philadelphia Phillies.

But Wheeler isn't the only one to celebrate today. His new teammates are also stoked about the addition of a hard-throwing righty to follow Aaron Nola in the rotation.

First baseman Rhys Hoskins took to Twitter to share his excitement about Santa coming early this year.

While Philadelphia seems quite pleased with the move, we thought it only fair to check in with New York Mets fans to see how they felt about their former starter joining a division rival.

They're taking it ... not so well over at the Metsrefugees.com message board. A sampling:

This is the worst possible scenario

lol of course. He's gonna dominate the Mets now.

We deserve this.

And one more **** *** to Brodie and the Wilpons for not signing this man -- who badly wanted to stay here -- to a much cheaper extension a year ago, when they had the chance. I hope he makes them pay for that decision. Sincerely. Best of luck to Zack.

This infuriates me

So things are going well in New York this holiday season, which is nice.

But it's not all sunshine and rainbows in the NL East. The Atlanta Braves got some Cole (Hamels) before Christmas.

Plenty of shopping days remain. Will Matt Klentak and John Middleton really go crazy this year, blow through the luxury tax, and show up to spring training with a new Stephen Strasburg with a red bow on 'em?

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