Our long national nightmare is over.
Bryce Harper has agreed to join the Phillies. If you just had a baby, your child will be a teenager by the time he’s done: The superstar free agent agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal.
Naturally, fans were overjoyed — if not a little tired of waiting around for the right fielder to make a decision. But it seems like the wait might be worth it, since they’ll be watching Harper at Citizens Bank Park for a long time. Harper will be 40 when his contract runs out.
And Harper has a no-trade clause and didn’t want to include any opt-outs in the deal.
A number of Eagles took to Twitter to share their excitement over the news.
Jake Arrieta, soon-to-be Harper’s teammate, had an ... interesting ... reaction to learning the news.
Tobias Harris, who recently moved to Philly himself, is thinking about inviting Harper to become the third member of his close friendship with Boban Marjanovic.
Rhys Hoskins, for his part, was freaking out a little.
Even former Phillie Shane Victorino was quick to welcome Harper to the city ... and ask for a little bit of that cash.
Fans, always with a chip on their shoulder, were ready to poke fun at recent reports that Harper was more likely to sign with a team such as the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants.
All those claims that Harper didn’t want to play in Philly?
But mostly, Phillies fans were celebrating that the team landed one of the biggest free agents of all time.
And he’s getting paid a lot to do it.