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Philly fans are going nuts, spending lots of money on Bryce Harper and the Phillies

Philly fans are going nuts, spending lots of money on Bryce Harper and the Phillies

Philly has gone completely nuts since the Bryce Harper signing, with their words and wallets. It's clearly the honeymoon phase and it will be interesting to see how long it lasts. Philly fans have the national reputation of booers, but this town is so deeply behind Harper right now that it just doesn't seem like he'll hear that reception with a slow start to the season. Fans are all-in and will be until they have a reason not to be.

There are several ways Phillies fans have already shown their support. Comments sections and social media have been filled with positivity, the degree of which has even surprised the Phils' front office. It's rare to see such a large portion of the fanbase verbally backing the GM and ownership, admitting they were wrong in their assessments of Matt Klentak and even Harper himself.

As you'll see in the video above, the Phils have already made history in the four days since Harper said yes. 

• According to the sports apparel company Fanatics, more Harper jerseys were sold in the 24 hours after launch than ever for any player in any sport. There is such a backlog of orders for Harper jerseys that some are receiving receipts that say the order will ship by May 31.

• The Phillies have sold upwards of 220,000 tickets since last Thursday. Factor in parking and concessions and you're looking at about $10 million. Not that the financial aspect was even close to John Middleton's main concern.

• Flights from Philadelphia to Tampa, which is the closest major airport to Clearwater, have risen significantly price. As of last Wednesday, an American Airlines flight from Philly to Tampa for this upcoming weekend was around $350, compared to nearly $700 now. That will continue to rise with Harper potentially making his spring debut as the Phils' DH on Saturday.

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A peek at Phillies' potential roster as two players head to injured list

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A peek at Phillies' potential roster as two players head to injured list

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies on Tuesday offered a couple of clues as to what their opening day roster will look like when they confirmed that outfielder Roman Quinn and reliever Tommy Hunter would begin the season on the 10-day injured list.

Quinn suffered an oblique strain early in camp and only began swinging a bat in recent days.

Hunter is recovering from a mild flexor strain in his right arm.

The Phillies will open their season a week from Thursday against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

Things are always subject to change, of course, but here’s what we know about the roster nine days before the season opener:

Starting pitchers

Aaron Nola will get the ball on opening day. Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez will round out the five-man rotation to start the season. However, it’s possible that someone like Velasquez could initially be used out of the bullpen because off days would allow the Phils to go with four starters for the first week-plus.

Relievers

Manager Gabe Kapler and the front office like to go with eight relievers. They will likely include: Right-handers David Robertson, Hector Neris, Seranthony Dominguez, Pat Neshek, Juan Nicasio and lefties Adam Morgan and Jose Alvarez. With Hunter going on the IL, Victor Arano or Edubray Ramos could get the eighth spot. And, as mentioned, Velasquez could temporarily be the ninth reliever.

Catchers

J.T. Realmuto is the starter and Andrew Knapp is on his way to becoming the backup. Knapp is having a strong spring and he’s also on the 40-man roster, which gives him the upper hand over non-roster players Drew Butera and Rob Brantly.

Infielders

Rhys Hoskins, Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco and Jean Segura are set. Scott Kingery may end up being the lone backup infielder. If the Phils wanted to add a second reserve infielder, they could peel back on a reliever and carry Mitch Walding, who is on the 40-man roster, or clear room on the 40-man roster for Andrew Romine, Sean Rodriguez or Phil Gosselin.

Outfielders

Did you hear that Bryce Harper is a Phillie? He and Andrew McCutchen, both former NL MVPs, will be in right and left field, respectively, and Odubel Herrera should be ready to open in center field after being slowed by illness early in camp. 

With Quinn going on the IL, the Phils can carry both Aaron Altherr and Nick Williams on the bench. Quinn’s IL stint can be backdated to March 25, making an April 5 return possible. At that point, the Phils would have to make a decision because both Quinn and Altherr are out of minor-league options.

At The Yard Podcast: Mike Trout staying in LA; predicting opening day roster; Carlos Santana story

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At The Yard Podcast: Mike Trout staying in LA; predicting opening day roster; Carlos Santana story

On this edition of At The Yard, Corey Seidman and Jim Salisbury react to Mike Trout's record contract which will keep him with the Angels through 2030.

The guys take a look at some of the Phillies' positional battles and how the opening day roster might look.

Also, what to make of the Carlos Santana story.

1:00 — The fantasy of Mike Trout being a Phillie is over.
4:30 — Trout's new contract shows why signing Bryce Harper was so important.
7:00 — Position player battles.
14:30 — What to make of the Carlos Santana story.
18:30 — Santana story reflects poorly on Gabe Kapler's leadership.
23:00 — Important year for Vince Velasquez.
26:00 — What would be your first purchase with $430 million?

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