Today on Twitter, I saw a couple of people ripping Mike Missanelli after he put out a tweet revealing that Bryce Harper would be on his show.
“WIP already did the interview, you’re too late,” said one genius, who thought he was really being clever.
So here’s your reminder:
- 94 WIP is the Phillies’ broadcast partner.
- 97.5 the Fanatic is not the Phillies’ broadcast partner.
94 WIP is getting the Bryce Harper interview before 97.5 the Fanatic.
Glad we’ve established that.
Notes and quotes from Bryce’s appearance on the Mikey Miss show:
- right now he’s just using simulated games to see as many pitches as he can, get his timing down, and get ready for games
- he is appreciative of minor league pitchers throwing to him in the preseason and walked out to the mound to thank them after the session
- Harper reiterated that he wanted to make his free agency decision himself and didn’t want “any outside influence.” He talked to Jayson Werth to get an idea of what Philadelphia was all about, but he wanted to do his own due diligence and research the city and franchise on his own.
- He understands why Jayson Werth was received the way he was on his return to Philadelphia. “We’ll see what happens,” said Harper of returning to Washington.
- Every time he met with Phillies people it “felt right.” The meetings were “very open and honest.”
He also went into detail on when he made the final choice to come to Philly:
I remember getting the call last Thursday. It was 9 a.m. or 8 a.m. and Scott (Boras) called me and said ‘Philly’s made their final offer and now the decision making starts.’ I sat there with my wife and we said, ‘yeah we’re gonna go to Philly.’ Then San Fran called immediately after that, and I remember hugging her and saying that we were going to Philly, like ‘I’m excited, let’s frickin pack, let’s get down to Clearwater,’ and then San Fran called and offered and I was like, ‘man now I gotta try to make a decision.’ But I looked at my wife and said, ‘we’re going to Philly, I already made my decision.’
More after the jump:
- Harper said he thought about San Francisco for “about a second” before settling on Philadelphia.
- He was given recommendations of Haddonfield, Old City, downtown Philadelphia, and Rittenhouse Square as possible places to live.
- He says his dad wanted him to “feel the game,” which allows him to stay within himself and continue with his swing, which works for him.
- He enjoys hitting off speed pitches and says the difference between good and great hitters is that they find their pitch and get the barrel on the ball.
- RE: the Mike Trout comments, he doubled down on the idea that he would sell Philly as a destination if possible –“why wouldn’t I want somebody of the caliber of the player I talked about not to be on the field? You want the best players to come to your team…”
I can’t embed the audio, so listen to the full 13 minute interview on the 97.5 website:
Listen to Mike's interview with Bryce Harper! Find out why he chose Philadelphia and what his expectations are of the organization. , https://t.co/EMcEKZi6Xq
— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) March 7, 2019