But in an interview with The Athletic, the now-Phillies player said he's been watching his former teammates reach levels of postseason success he's never experienced. After leaving in free agency last summer, Harper said he's happy for the team he spent seven years playing for and has even been texting his former teammates.
"You know, jealousy isn't good," Harper told Jayson Stark.
Harper's Phillies were off to a much better 50-game start to the season than the Nats, who turned a 19-31 late-May record to a World Series run. Much of their success has come from Harper's replacement, Juan Soto. The 20-year-old has surpassed all expectations and his offense, combined with Anthony Redon's stellar season, enabled the Nats to get to the World Series.
For Harper, who never won a postseason series in Washington, it takes a lot of character to not even be a little jealous.
And as for those people who have made alterations to the old Harper jerseys purchased in past years?
Again, from The Athletic:
“I mean, they bought the jerseys,” Harper said, laughing. “It’s over. I wear No. 3 now. And I play for the Philadelphia Phillies – you know what I’m saying? I appreciate them supporting me before and buying those jerseys. But now they can do whatever they want with them. They’re all theirs.”
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