Capitals radio broadcaster John Walton not a fan of Flyers' Bryce Harper video

Capitals radio broadcaster John Walton not a fan of Flyers' Bryce Harper video

The Flyers on Wednesday night played their first home game since Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies.

The team across the street from Citizens Bank Park wanted to give Harper a little congratulatory message in front of the fans.

Seems reasonable.

After all, the guy just turned the city upside down, committing the next 13 years of his life to Philadelphia by signing the richest deal in American sports history.

The least the Flyers could do is say hey, nice going, Bryce … welcome to Philly.

The friendly message didn't exactly fly with John Walton, calling the game for 106.7 The Fan, a radio station in D.C.

Oh, we forgot to mention the Flyers were playing the Washington Capitals. 

Yeah … sorry about that.

Walton's reaction:

Well, that was pretty unnecessary on a video board, wasn't it?

Caps in town, you'd think he was in the building, pretty sure he's in Clearwater.

The 'Welcome Bryce Harper' sign up on the video board. … We'll see how welcoming they are when he's hitting .230 on Memorial Day.

Walton sounded like he was talking in good fun.

There is a bit of sweet irony that the Flyers happened to be playing the Capitals. If the Flyers weren't playing Washington, it's extremely likely they still would have saluted Harper. They've always supported the other Philly teams during games, like playing the Eagles' fight song in the NFL playoffs to amp up fans.

Let's be honest, the Flyers could have done a whole lot more if they truly wanted to troll D.C. fans on Harper's decision. Instead, they simply posted a message welcoming Harper. Gritty was even on his best behavior during the quick tribute.

And if Harper is hitting .230 in late May, Phillies fans will be just fine. They have 13 years to watch Harper and should see their team advance past the divisional series at least once.

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Flyers prospect Alex Lyon becomes latest goalie with Gritty mask

Flyers prospect Alex Lyon becomes latest goalie with Gritty mask

Maybe Alex Lyon is trying to scare his opponents?

Who knows, but he loves himself a terrifying goalie mask.

We've seen it before with his movie-themed masks: "The Sixth Sense," "It" and "Saw."

This time, he's going with Gritty.

The Flyers' mascot truly is a hit, especially with the goalies.

Lyon's mask is the fourth Gritty-centric helmet this season.

Anthony Stolarz, Mike McKenna and Calvin Pickard all got in on the fun.

Per usual, goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson hit a home run with his latest mask (and so did Alex McIntyre with the picture of Lyon).

Not only will Lyon look scary in net, but he's also playing well.

In 26 games with the Phantoms, the 26-year-old has put up career bests in goals-against average (2.50) and save percentage (.921).

Lehigh Valley is fighting for an AHL playoff spot. Flyers fans will want to check out the prospects in Allentown … and to see that Gritty mask, of course.

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Flyers mascot Gritty has good question for ESPN

Flyers mascot Gritty has good question for ESPN

Gritty is comfortable in his own fur.

That's what makes him so great.

Not only did the Flyers give fans a night to remember last Saturday with a 4-3 OT victory over the Penguins in the Stadium Series, but Gritty also had himself a night.

He kicked off the festivities by floating down from the Lincoln Financial Field roof in front of 69,620 fans (see story).

He got loose, as well, during the second period. The fleet-footed Gritty could not be contained, not on this night.

So on Friday, he had a very valid question for ESPN.

If ESPN was smart, they'd include the Flyers' mascot. No interview or prerequisites needed. Gritty showed enough Saturday night.


(Eric Hartline/USA Today Images)


(Eric Hartline/USA Today Images)


(Eric Hartline/USA Today Images)

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