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Photos of Bryce Harper Phillies bats appeared on Twitter — here's why

Photos of Bryce Harper Phillies bats appeared on Twitter — here's why

Updated: 3:20 p.m.

Be prepared. 

A photo of a pair of custom Bryce Harper bats that bear the Phillies' logo and No. 34 on it was posted from the mega free agent’s bat company of choice, Victus. And the photo has been making waves on social media for the past day.

They’re pretty sick custom bats that appear to be from an unsent screenshot found on Reddit and was later posted on Twitter. 

https://twitter.com/LONG_DRIVE/status/1089863786268446720  

Obviously, Phillies fans have been in an uproar over the possibility of seeing Harper swing one of these, as the baseball community anxiously awaits Harper’s decision, but the custom bats might just be a false alarm.

It looks like someone at Victus was just planning on being prepared in case the free agent signs a deal in Philadelphia. Apparently, the order was sent in a week and a half ago and was not a specific custom order.

 

Fritz added in a later tweet that the bats were made and sent to Harper to help sway his decision. 

A source within the company, though, told NBC Sports Philadelphia that the bats are a gift to Harper but not necessarily being used as a recruiting tool.

Harper has been linked with Victus, which is based in King of Prussia, in the past for special occasions, like the “We The People” bat he used to win the 2018 Home Run Derby, his Mother’s Day bat, and has appeared on the company’s social media page. 

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16 to 26 for the 10 year challenge!😱 #stillyoung

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Mothers Day Weekend 2017!💕💗 #pinkonpinkonpink

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The wait is almost over. Let's get it! #Victus

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While we can’t be positive that these Phillies custom bats will ever really be put to use, we certainly like the image of Harper rocking this awesome design at Citizens Bank Park this season. 

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A first look at the old Vet Stadium Liberty Bell now outside of Citizens Bank Park

A first look at the old Vet Stadium Liberty Bell now outside of Citizens Bank Park

It was 15 years ago today that Veterans Stadium went crumbling to the ground. But a piece of Vet Stadium history has risen from the ashes for a second life at Citizens Bank Park.

The giant 19-foot Liberty Bell that stood high atop Vet Stadium has been refurbished from storage and placed near the Pattison Avenue and 11th street entrance of the ballpark, next to the new Pass and Stow area that will feature a beer garden and some great new food options. The Pass and Stow name is in homage to John Pass and John Stow who re-cast the original Liberty Bell in 1753. Their names can be found on the original, slightly more famous bell with a crack in it across from Independence Hall.

With opening day just a week away, fans passing the ballpark on Thursday got their first glimpse of the bell’s new placement. The bell was installed today.

It’s hard to miss and will surely make a nice new photo opportunity for Phillies fans and out-of-towners looking to capture a memory.

The bell you see today was actually the "second and final bell that was displayed at Veterans Stadium," according to the Phillies. It was installed on the Vet's catwalk prior to the 1983 season and remained there before being removed prior to the Vet's implosion in 2004. It is made of steel and aluminum, weighs more than 5,000 pounds and contains over 300 light bulbs.

The new (old) bell outside the ballpark will make a nice complement to the bell inside the park that lights up and rings whenever a Phillies player hits a home run. In a nice twist, this season the Phillies' team Twitter hashtag will be #RingTheBell. Brett Brown likely approves.

As you can see from the short video of the bell above, the weather in South Philly today was wet and dreary. The forecast for opening day next Thursday when the Phils host the Atlanta Braves is much better, with no rain currently in the forecast and highs in the upper-50s. Not exactly hittin’ weather, but not bad for the first day of baseball either.

We can't wait.

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Here's a look at the Vet going down 15 years ago today. Miss that dirty old place.

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Joel Embiid hangs with Steph Curry, talks about being 'tired of The Process' nickname

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Joel Embiid hangs with Steph Curry, talks about being 'tired of The Process' nickname

Joel Embiid was kind enough to grace Steph Curry with at least five minutes of his time when the Sixers traveled out to the Bay Area for their game against the Golden State Warriors back in January.

Joel joined Steph on his series called "5 Minutes From Home" in which the duo sit in the back seat of a car and chat on the way to Mrs. Curry's restaurant. Curiously, the clip lasts over 8 minutes.

Somehow, the two of them didn't mention their sneakers.

There's not a ton of new ground covered in their chat -- Joel talks about his journey onto the basketball court again -- but they do discuss Embiid's desire for a new nickname.

"The Process is never gonna be over. You gotta win a championship. When you win a championship, it starts over."

"I do like [the Process nickname]. Mainly because of the history of how we got here. That's why I like it. I'm actually thinking about creating something else. I'm tired of 'The Process.'"

Any suggestions, Sixers fans?

Embiid and Curry finish their trip with a meal at Steph's wife's restaurant.

The waitress jokes that the burrata appetizer they eat will be the key to the players dropping 50 points in the game the following night.

Almost. Steph went off for 41 but the Sixers got the win.