MESA, ARIZONA — Mercifully, the Bryce Harper sweepstakes finally came to an end as the free agent outfielder finally decided to let the Philadelphia Phillies make him the richest man in baseball. Harper settled for a 13-year contract worth $330 million, and Philly fans are already dreaming of multiple World Series titles. If Harper thought he felt pressure before playing in Washington, D.C., he hasn’t seen anything yet.
Philadelphia is a tough place to play and if you don’t win, well, it gets even tougher. When it comes to sports, Philadelphia is not the City of Brotherly Love. Philly fans can be vicious.
Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker played in Philadelphia for a short time and he said once a fan fell out of the left field stands at old Connie Mack Stadium, when the guy got up and walked off OK the crowd booed him. Philly fans have booed Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and they’ll boo Bryce Harper the first time he strikes out with the game on the line or goes into a slump, and they’ll really get on him if the Phillies don’t win. It’s in their DNA.
So enjoy the money, Bryce, and your time in Philadelphia —13 years may just seem like a lifetime.
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The smart money (if there is such a thing) here in the Valley has the Arizona Cardinals taking quarterback Kyler Murray, last season’s Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma, with the first pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
The Minnesota Twins will be giving away four different Joe Mauer bobbleheads this coming season. It’s a natural, and sure to be a hit with Twins fans. The first one to be given away on May 24 features Mauer in his high school uniform.
Peyton Manning has turned down ESPN and $6.5 million a year to be the lead analyst on Monday Night Football. The self-proclaimed sports leader may just go with a two-man booth, play-by-play man Joe Tessitore, who is boring, and analyst Booger McFarland, who is completely off the wall.
An Oregon man got stuck in the snow and survived for five days just on taco sauce. He’s been given free food for a year courtesy of Taco Bell. That should teach him to never get stuck in the snow again.
USA Today Sports sees the Brewers, Cubs and Cardinals all with 89 wins this coming season. That’s highly unlikely, but nonetheless the National League Central division race should be the best in baseball.
Is anyone watching the American Alliance of Football? The television ratings have been pretty steady but no one is showing up to these games in person. In Tempe, where the Arizona team plays, fewer than 10,000 have been showing up for games. It is, after all, minor league football.
The Milwaukee Brewers will appear on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball this season for the first time since 2013. The “Crew’s” appearance will be against the Cubs in Wrigley Field on May 12.
A new report says Starbucks employees have given heavily over the last 15 years to political candidates. In most donations though they had the names spelled wrong.
You gotta love this. The Chicago Bears have signed a placekicker by the name of Chris Blewitt following a group tryout. Blewitt? Seriously? If he makes the team this should be a lot of fun. The jokes will write themselves.
Former Badger quarterback Alex Hornibrook has transferred to Florida State for his final year of eligibility. He could just make it there as Florida State has only one scholarship quarterback currently on its roster.
Heading into this week’s Big Ten men’s basketball tournament, the Wisconsin Badgers remain very inconsistent on offense, and the free throw shooting hasn’t improved either. That could bite them in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.
And finally, BMW and Mercedes Benz are teaming up to develop a self-driving car that you’ll never, ever, be able to afford.
And there you have it!