Is the never-ending Bryce Harper sweepstakes finally coming to an end this week?
If the official MLB The Show account is to be believed, the answer might be yes. Or at least it's clear that's what the people behind the account would like fans to believe.
But to be clear, we have no idea if the announcement baseball fans have been anticipating for months is actually coming Tuesday.
The account has fully embraced the national interest in Harper’s destination throughout the offseason, with everything from outright telling fans to follow his journey on their page, to projecting his potential stats with every single franchise in baseball.
Harper's also gotten in the fun.
And aside from the game, he has embraced the mania surrounding his decision as well.
Some of his fun with the announcement has been just that: fun. Earlier this month he joked that he was going to ask Tony Romo, who is known for predicting just about every play in the NFL games he's in the broadcast booth for, to predict where he would end up signing was funny.
A coordinated effort to drag out his announcement for as long as possible, all while partnering with the premier MLB video game franchise to drop hints along the way, is less fun. It’s preplanned, and it toys with the emotions of his many fans. Not to mention, the delay in his free agency has created a stir among baseball fans about baseball’s financial problems. Some have even suggested MLB needs a free agency deadline.
Will it all mercifully come to an end Tuesday? Nats fans are certainly hoping The Show isn’t just pulling all of our legs.
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