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Throughout the Nationals 2019 World Series run, ex-Washington star Bryce Harper told reporters he was pulling for his former teammates.

But that hasn't stopped him from getting asked about it again.

With Spring Training in full swing, as Harper prepares for his second spring with his current club, the Phillies outfielder keeps getting asked about his former team's title run.

In two separate interviews over the past few days, one with Sports Radio 94WIP in Philadelphia and the other with MLB Network, Harper was asked what it was like to see his ex-teammates win the sport's ultimate prize.

Harper's answers, unsurprisingly, have remained consistent with what's he's previously said.

"Speaking of the Nationals, they did such a great job this year," Harper told MLB Network. "I'm so excited and happy for all the players that I did play with. On an individual level, just being able to text them and congratulate them. I'm very excited for them and very happy for them."

The right fielder specifically mentioned some of his former teammates that he individually reached out to congratulate.

"Of course, I want to beat them every single time we play them," Harper said to Sports Radio 94WIP. "But once we were done, we were out of it, I watched them throughout the whole postseason, whole playoff run. I was very excited for Stras[burg] and he did his thing. Trea Turner, [Adam] Eaton, [Anthony] Rendon, all those guys. I was excited for Davey [Martinez] to win his No. 2."

 

Harper has maintained a solid relationship with many former Nationals. When Rendon signed his massive contract with the Angels this offseason, Harper was quick to congratulate him on his well-earned deal.

The 27-year-old reiterated that it would be hard not to pull for his former teammates, guys he spent every day working with from spring training through the beginning of October for seven seasons in the nation's capital.

"Those are guys I grinded with every single day," Harper said. "When you grind with guys day in and day out from spring training all the way through, you're excited for them, happy for them. Hopefully, we can get one, too."

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