Congratulations are in order for Nationals slugger Bryce Harper. And not just for his ESPY as the year's best MLB player. The 23-year-old is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Kayla Varner ... again.
She announced the happy news in an Instagram post Thursday night. Harper shared a similar image with Varner's engagement ring visible (subtle, no?).
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To recap, the pair were engaged once before and planned marry in January of 2015, according to For The Win. And yet here we are in July of 2016 and our man still hasn't made it down the aisle!
But whatever derailed their nuptials the first time around clearly wasn't enough to keep the pair apart.
The Nats star reappeared on Varner's Instagram page in September of last year. But her ring didn't show up until two days ago in a post from the 2016 All-Star Game.
So, Harper's week has consisted of playing in the All-Star Game, getting engaged and winning an ESPY. Not bad, my friend. Not bad.
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Despite Mark Lerner's comments to NBC Sports Washington that the team hasn't been in recent contact with Bryce Harper and has filled out the roster, SNY's Andy Martino says not to give up hope.
"Do not believe that the Nationals are out on Harper," Martino said. "People I talk to around the situation are saying don't rule the Nationals out until the moment that Harper signs elsewhere."
Martino believes that the clearest options may not be what they seem.
"The Phillies of course are pursuing him, but I continue to hear they have a tough road to get Harper to come to Philly," he said. "The Phillies are possible but I don’t know that I would call them frontrunners."
After the news of Manny Machado signing with the Padres, all eyes turn to Bryce Harper and how long this continues to drag out.
The clock is ticking.
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When Nationals principal managing owner Mark Lerner see his team lose, he has a postgame ritual that rivals one of the most ordinary passionate fan.
“ I go into a closet and scream a little after,” Lerner told NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas in an exclusive interview in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Friday. “No, no. That’s one thing that’s good about baseball. You’re going to play the next day. But I go home. I’m totally depressed. I won’t turn on the sports news or anything and get up the next morning, it’s a new day, get up and go after it again today. When I’m sitting down there, I’m very passionate as a fan. I’m yelling at the umpires like everybody else. I want to win. I hate losing exhibition games let alone regular-season games.”
Lerner also spoke about Bryce Harper's future - or lack thereof - with the team, Anthony Rendon and what he expects from the team this season.
The interview is now available in full on the MyTeams app, which can be downloaded here.
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