94 WIP Caller Says Phillies Shouldn’t Sign Bryce Harper Because He Plays Right Field

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WIP hosts Joe Giglio and Howard Eskin opened last night’s 6 p.m. hour with a spirited debate over Bryce Harper’s value.

Eskin, seemingly sick of Harper Watch 2019, devalued the player, citing his poor postseason performance and defensive runs saved metric, while Giglio countered that several of the 26-year-old superstar’s offensive numbers have him on a trajectory to Cooperstown. Personally, I thought it was pretty clear Eskin was well beyond his depth and that Giglio was on the right side of the discussion, but I’m burying the lede.

The real story here is what happened once the pair opened up the airwaves to the callers. What ensued was radio magic. Philadelphia, I give to you Tom from Bridgeport:


“Listen Howard, I’ve never been a big fan, but I totally agree with you.”

Our first clue something was askew.


“If you go back all the way through, you know, Little League, high school, the worst player on your team played right field. This guy (presses phone buttons) is gonna get $300 million to play right field.”

A lesson in logic: Bryce Harper plays right field. Little League teams play the worst kid in right field.  Therefore, the Phillies should not sign Bryce Harper.

We have thus entered previously uncharted depths of Hell.

Giglio pushed back, but Tom, undeterred, countered with a great question that put him on skates, after the jump:

“Does he have more home runs than Chase Utley?”

Excellent point. People forget that Bryce Harper, who has played 1,110 fewer games than Utley, does, in fact, have fewer home runs. Touché.

I guess we can add these points to the list of excuses Phillies fans can reach for should Harper sign elsewhere.

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  • Waste February 27, 2019 at 11:14 am

    This is useless content. Leave this garbage for Kinker to meet his daily quota.
    We’re all aware of the stupidity of local fans.

    Do better.

    • Kevin Kinkead February 27, 2019 at 11:31 am

      “do better,” says the anonymous internet troll

      take a hike jabroni

      • Jabroni February 27, 2019 at 11:44 am

        Sick burn bro! Insults hot as a Tesla hitting a tree!

        Stop worrying about trolls and start worrying about delivering meaningful, unique content.

        • Kevin Kinkead February 27, 2019 at 11:56 am

          yeah homeboy, I’ll be sure to reflect on advice from people like you

  • Roberto Clemente February 27, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Great point, all the bums throughout every level play right field

    • Ruben Amaro Jr RF 1991-1998 February 27, 2019 at 11:20 am

      I resent this

  • All quiet on Harper Watch today February 27, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Even from the National Media…
    He must have made his decision already..

    No heyman, nightengale, or any of the other Boras mouthpieces running the show no more.

  • Butch from Manayunk February 27, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Relax we will get him . Bryce only needs 2 weeks of spring training to be ready .
    Here is a poem I’m working on for Angelo tomorrow morning-

    You step up to the platter
    And you gaze with flaming boras hate
    At the poor benighted Phils phans
    As you dig in at the plate.
    You watch harper cut the fast ball loose,
    Then flip your trusty bat
    And you park one in the bleachers-
    Nothing’s simpler than that!

    Let’s go Phillies!!!

  • I Just Want Good Sports Talk Debate (that we never get!) February 27, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I was driving when I heard this idiot rant about Harper being a right fielder, and therefore he must not be worth all the money teams are offering. Because, as EVERYONE knows, right field is typically considered the Siberia of defensive positions, going all the way back to Little League! I almost drove off the road and yelled at the radio all in one. What a dolt!

    Even Eskin, who I almost never agree with and who possesses a vocabulary consisting only of the most basic single-syllable words repeated over and over again as if an extra “dope” or “twit” reinforces his side of an argument, actually distanced himself from this inane caller.

    But that’s sports radio, you get as many idiotic callers as good callers, and the stations don’t seem to care one way or the other.

    The entire debate between Giglio and Eskin last night was an exercise if complete futility. It was like bashing your head against a wall over and over. The only thing that causes is a concussion. It certainly wasn’t good radio.

    • Ziggy Stardust February 27, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      A lad inane. Rebel Rebel

  • Babe Ruth February 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

    This guy is right. I always years to yell at Hug to put me in CF where I belonged.

    • The sultan of swat February 27, 2019 at 11:38 am


  • Daniel February 27, 2019 at 11:54 am

    We’re going to have him by the end of the week. 10 years, $350 Million. Player option after 2021, team option after 2025.

    The delay is Boras. He sucks as a human. Look at when Arrieta signed last year.

  • Put me in coach! February 27, 2019 at 11:55 am

    As I’ve said, never confuse passion with intelligence. Philly fans are the textbook example of this. How the fuck can you not want to blow your brains all over 95 after hearing shit like that?

    Of course you could also come here and read the comments section and want to take a rifle to the roof of a clock tower.

    • Charlie Whitman February 27, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Hook ’em horns !!

      • Budd Dwyer February 27, 2019 at 12:43 pm

        Hey Man, Nice Shot!!

        • Bobby Thompson February 27, 2019 at 2:50 pm

          I’ve seen better.

          • It’s Thomson, February 27, 2019 at 3:22 pm


    • Yeah February 27, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      Or jump out a basement window

  • GaaaaaayJWFFY SUxxxxCCOXXX February 27, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Fuck him…move on

  • Vernon Odom February 27, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Heard Cataldi broke a Big Story yesterday. Any news on his source. McPhail maybe ?

  • BRYCE HARPER slobber CLUB February 27, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I will never forgive the phillies front office for f&*#&*ing this up.
    They should give him whatever he wants!
    He’s the BEST PLAYER IN BASEBALL in the past 6 years!
    what is WRONG with them?

  • delco soccer dad February 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    To Tom the idiot caller: yeah you put the worst kid in right field in Little League. as the kids get older you end up putting your best kid with the best arm in right field. you douche

    as to Eskin: I love how he’s taking this I don’t want Harper approach. You know as soon as the phillies sign him he’ll be so far up Harper’s ass it won’t be funny

  • Richie Y. February 27, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Personally, I would let him go to wherever and get in on the Mike Trout sweepstakes in 2020 !! Trout bleeds 🦅 green and he would be as giddy as a kid to play in Philly. That passion, enthusiasm, and pride of representing the town of his beloved EAGLES shouldn’t be minimized. If Harper’s desire to become the highest paid MLB player is so important, then let’s pass on him! The Phils picked up some needed talent, even without Harper. Sending a message by backing away from Harper will be almost like a silent nod of approval to Trout. Mike Trout and Philly are made for one another! Playing for the city your football heroes play for is an immeasurable “extra gear”. Trout’s talent, hustle, and prowess added to a sports city he grew up idolizing makes him a scarier weapon! Let’s wait and give Trout that nod of approval ! Mike would never make Philly execs wait and see if more $$ is offered, think if the Eagles players were recruiting and wining and dining Mike?! Instead of being pushed around by Harper and his $$ hungry mindset, why not try to get the kid who grew up near Philly idolizing the Iggles? His need to make Philly proud gives Trout an enormous advantage over Harper. Let Bryce be a primadonna elsewhere, Trout is a no brainier for Philly to spend stupid money. Ironically, Trout is the guy who would take a pay cut to sign other talent for his beloved city….. Trout 2020!!!!!

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