Bryce Harper No. 3

Allen Iverson has perfect reaction to Bryce Harper's No. 3 Phillies jersey

Allen Iverson has perfect reaction to Bryce Harper's No. 3 Phillies jersey

Nobody questioned Bryce Harper's decision to wear No. 3.

Especially not "The Answer."

Allen Iverson made No. 3 iconic in these parts.

Imagine what Harper can do to the figure's lore?

Iverson was picturing it Saturday afternoon on the day Harper was introduced and donned the No. 3 for the very first time in red pinstripes.

Dope respect from the Hall of Famer.

Harper also respected a Hall of Famer by choosing No. 3 over No. 34, which he wore during his first seven big-league seasons with the Nationals.

Roy Halladay, elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in January, became a legend in Philadelphia while wearing No. 34.

Harper explained why it was so important to honor that and go with No. 3 (see story).

Of course I wore No. 34, but I thought Roy Halladay should be the last one to wear it. He's somebody in this game that is greater than a lot of guys that have ever played it. Hall of Famer, somebody that played the game the right way, was a great person and one was one of the nicest people I've ever met, being able to play across from him in 2012.

So, for me, it's Roy Halladay. He's 34, he is what represents that number in Philly. When you go in there, you see his name on that flagpole in center field, that's something he should be remembered for.

You can bet Iverson and Harper will be seeing each other soon. Hopefully the greeting includes a photo op of the two holding their No. 3 jerseys.

Now that would be cool.

No rush, though — we've got 13 years to make it happen.


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Bryce Harper will wear No. 3 jersey with Phillies

Bryce Harper will wear No. 3 jersey with Phillies

We're used to seeing the No. 3 around town.

Get ready to see it a whole lot more.

Bryce Harper will wear No. 3 as a Philadelphia Phillie, NBC Sports Philadelphia confirmed Friday night.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Breen first reported the news.

Much respect to Harper for not choosing No. 34, which was worn by Roy Halladay. Harper wore No. 34 during his first seven big-league seasons with the Nationals.

He now has an awesome new number. Allen Iverson will certainly approve.

We should also expect to see some "Babe Harper" signs around Citizens Bank Park. Babe Ruth, of course, wore No. 3, because he typically batted third in the lineup. There's also a chance Harper hits third in the Phillies' batting order, which is pretty neat.

The last Phillie to rock No. 3 was David Lough — yes, David Lough in 2016.

Soon, the No. 3 Harper jersey will be permeating the Delaware Valley.

To understand the franchise history of the number, here's a list of Phillies to ever sport No. 3, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com:

David Lough (2016)
Jeff Francoeur (2015)
Marlon Byrd (2014)
Roger Bernadina (2013)
Delmon Young (2013)
Hunter Pence (2011-2012)
Ross Gload (2010)
Lou Marson (2008-2009)
Abraham Nunez (2006-2007)
Todd Pratt (1994-2005)
Kevin Elster (1995)
Billy Hatcher (1994)
Dale Murphy (1990-1992)
Ron Stone (1969)
Bobby Del Greco (1960)
Don Landrum (1957)
Bobby Morgan (1957)
Peanuts Lowrey (1955)
Tommy Glaviano (1953)
Putsy Caballero (1950-1952)
Bill Glynn (1949)
Eddie Miller (1949)
Bert Haas (1948-1949)
Charlie Gilbert (1947)
Eli Hodkey (1946)
Jimmy Wasdell (1944-1946)
Roger McKee (1944)
Andy Karl (1944)
Babe Dahlgren (1943)
Chuck Klein (1932-1942)
Mickey Livingston (1941)
Syl Johnson (1939-1940)
Morrie Arnovich (1938)

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