When Bryce Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies back in February, it was a move many predicted during his monthslong free agency watch.
Several factors contributed to Harper landing in Philly and not in back in D.C.; available roster spots, how Harper saw his future panning out, and of course, money.
But former Yankee and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez has an idea of his own.
"Now D.C.'s about 130 miles down the road, but let's make it clear, it's a world of difference between markets," Rodriguez said during the Phillies' 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves Sunday night.
"If you're over there, you're thinking about politics and what happens in the White House. If you're here, this is a sports town and they love their Phillies."
It's an interesting shot at D.C. sports fans, who have often shown the ability to have multiple interests, like most people. If Rodriguez wanted to check out some examples, we suggest a look at the watch parties at Capital One Arena when the Caps were on the Stanley Cup run or listen to the Racing President's podcast with the city's Mayor on how closely she followed Harper's free agency.
Harper will make his return to Nats Park Tuesday and Wednesday when the Nationals host the Phillies for the first of many reunions over the next 13 years. How warm of a welcome Harper will receive from Nats fans is up for interpretation.
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