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So far, Bryce Harper likes the food and the fans in Philly

So far, Bryce Harper likes the food and the fans in Philly

Bryce Harper arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon two for two in the win column and …

“Restaurant-wise, I’m seven for seven,” he said.

Harper arrived in Philadelphia a week ago Monday night along with his teammates.

So far, he said, the experience has been great. Wins on the field, adulation from the stands and good food in the city.

“Every place I’ve looked at and went to has been good,” he said. “I want to keep that going.”

Most of all he wants to keep the wins going.

The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves in the first two games of the season, both in front of raucous, sellout crowds.

“It’s been a lot of fun to come into a clubhouse where everyone’s arms have been opened,” Harper said before Sunday night’s series finale. “I’ve said it before, but it’s true. We’ve had a lot of fun as a team the past couple days.

“As a team, as a group, we were super excited and thrilled to be able to go out there and have the fans behind us. Thursday was great, yesterday was great. Just the way they’ve been showing up and supporting us — we want to be as good as we can be for this fan base. That’s what they expect.”

Harper said he was not surprised by the early fan support.

“I don't think so, just because they're such good fans,” he said. “They understand the game. They understand sports and their city. You see Eagles games, Sixers games, how supportive they are of all these teams. To be able to have them come into the Bank and really cheer us on and do what they know how to do, it's an advantage for us to have the fan base that we have and it puts the other team on a little bit of needles. It's a lot of fun.”

Harper crushed a 465-foot home run on Saturday and was lured out of the dugout for a curtain call. He thrust his arms skyward and shouted, “Let’s go!” with an unprintable word in the middle. The guy is intense and he likes the intensity that the fans have shown.

“It makes you want to be so good,” he said. “It makes you want to be that much better of a ballplayer. It makes you want to work hard, it makes you want to play hard. If we can match that intensity in the city with our team, then it's going to make us that much better.”

Manager Gabe Kapler has been impressed with the way Harper has “owned” his entry in Philadelphia.

“He's connected with people,” Kapler said. “He's connected with people in the ballpark. He's connected with his teammates. He's connected with the coaching staff. He's connected with the city. He's connected with the fans. And he knew that yesterday after that home run was a perfect opportunity to further establish that relationship and he did a great job with that.

“I think the concept that we, the Phillies, are in a partnership with the city is something that Bryce embraces. I don't want to put words in his mouth, but I believe he sees these opportunities to connect with the fans because they are an extension of our team. And good, excited energy in this city, in theory, can lead to better results. It doesn't work that way if you don't have talent. But given that we have a pretty talented club, it's possible that Bryce sees that connection as helping the Phillies win and making the people in Philadelphia feel good. I think he sees a big picture like that.”

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Phillies' Scott Kingery exits game with hamstring injury

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Phillies' Scott Kingery exits game with hamstring injury

DENVER — Scott Kingery left Friday night’s game against Colorado with a right hamstring injury.

Kingery grabbed his hamstring while running out a ground ball in the fourth inning.

He was in the midst of his third straight start at shortstop, filling in for Jean Segura who, coincidentally, was out of the lineup with a hamstring injury.

Odubel Herrera is also out with a hamstring injury.

Phil Gosselin, the former Malvern Prep and University of Virginia star, made his Phillies’ debut and took over at shortstop for the Phillies after Kingery exited. Gosselin is a West Chester native.

Segura is not on the injured list. He was tentatively scheduled to return on Sunday. He could be pressed into duty on Saturday night.

Kingery left the field with athletic trainer Scott Sheridan by his side.

Kingery had been swinging a hot bat and was looking at getting more playing time (see story).

More later.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes counterfeit Bryce Harper jerseys, issues warning

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes counterfeit Bryce Harper jerseys, issues warning

Busted.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Philadelphia have announced they’ve seized 314 counterfeit Bryce Harper jerseys, which, if sold at their full price, would total more than $44,000. Let’s be real, though, these were probably listed for $20 apiece online.

The press release says that six shipments of Harper — or perhaps a few said Haprer or Harpr —  jerseys were en route from Hong Kong to addresses in the tri-state area.

Am I shocked? Of course not. Harper jerseys are the hottest item in Philadelphia fashion this spring and were bought, legally, in record numbers when the then-free agent signed his mega contract. There are, however, a few things to consider here.

The first, which I actually didn’t know, is that the CBP warns against “dangerously flammable textiles” being used in counterfeit jerseys. That’s kind of a surprise and perhaps cause for concern.

The other is that Harper signed a 13-year deal, so a nice, legitimate jersey is actually a decent investment over a jersey that looks OK but may fall apart after a few spins in the washing machine. You want something to stand the test of time, that you can wear for more than a decade, so spending money up front on a jersey for a guy that’ll be here for a while isn’t actually a bad idea.

If you’re reading this and the tracking on your Harper jersey suddenly stopped, you might be out of luck. If you’re reading this and you’ve already bought a counterfeit jersey, stay clear of the grill this summer.

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