The internet is abuzz, because Peter Gammons went on the Mully and Hanley, which is a Chicago-based morning show, on Friday and said that he’s heard Bryce Harper would prefer to play for the Chicago Cubs when he hits free agency.
Now before you go getting all cra—- uh-oh, too late:
Bryce Harper in a Cubs uniform? pic.twitter.com/zi3zMFTJmQ— 120 Sports (@120Sports) June 3, 2017
Oh great, now it’s part of “Twitter Moments” too. Here’s how the Twitter moments copy writers summed it up:
“Harper has his eyes set on the joining the defending World Champions when he hits the open market,” according to the “Tweeter” as Davey Johnson used to call it.
So what did Gammons, who I’m sure has had people tell him that if he’s going to say it on air, actually say on the radio show?
You can listen for yourself here:
Peter Gammons said Bryce Harper wants to play for the #Cubs pic.twitter.com/ZoN53s4lax— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) June 3, 2017
In case you’re too lazy to listen, first go Tweet about how awesome it would be if Harper was a Cub, you know, if you’re a Cubs fans, then you can read what Gammons actually said below:
GAMMONS: “I have people tell me that Bryce Harper really would prefer to play for the Cubs, but somehow I don’t think that it’s going to be affordable to have Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant on the same team.
“But, it’s a great idea. I’d love to see it because I respect them both so much personally and professionally, but I DON’T THINK IT’S EVER GOING TO HAPPEN.”
[ed. note - “I added the all-caps at the end there, he wasn’t screaming.”]
Damn that last part, coming so late in Gammons’ comment like it did.
[ed. note - “Also, grammar folks, I won’t added an extra ‘s’ after the apostrophe like I’m supposed to say, ‘Gammons-is’...”]
Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, told MLB Network Radio’s Inside Pitch on Friday afternoon that he thinks there will be several factors that determine where Harp ends up signing if he does decide to leave the nation’s capital after the 2018 campaign.
BORAS: “Well, I think the right of free agency is one where I believe it’s up to the player, what he views as important in his life, and I don’t think I’ve ever had — I think whenever a player does get the largest contract, that’s always said, ‘Well, they went there for the economics,’ but I always like to look into situations and say, ‘Were there other factors?’ What I look at is where players perform well?”
He went on to say that A-Rod ended up in Texas at least in part because of how well he played there. You can read the rest of what Boras said HERE.
Harper’s numbers in Wrigley? He’s got a .323/.585/.645 line, four doubles, two home runs, eight Ks... and 19 walks, 19 walks, 19 walks [ed. note - “Maddon’s a geenyus!”] in 11 games and 53 career PAs.
Our advice: Don’t go buying those Cubs “Harper” jerseys just yet... but it totally could happen, we guess.