For the better part of the past month, the LA Angels and their fans have watched idly as Mike Trout was openly recruited to his home town Philadelphia Phillies.
“I know there’s another guy in about two years who comes off the books,” Harper said about Mike Trout earlier this month. “We’ll see what happens with him.”
This article is dedicated to Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies, because Mike Trout is going to be with the LA Angels for the rest of his career. Have fun with Bryce Harper and his .279 career batting average, we’ll take the best player of all time in Anaheim.
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“If you don’t think I’m gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you’re crazy.”
By now we all know the stories. During Harper’s introductory press conference with the Phillies, he outright recruited Trout to join him when he hits free agency in 2020. He later doubled down on a radio show with the quote directly above. However, and this feels so good to say, Harper will never get the chance to go recruit Trout again, unless it’s to his country club after they retire.
These comments by Harper were seen nationwide as tampering, but whether or not they crossed the MLB’s line was unclear. The Angels did reach out to the league about Harper’s comments, but it’s unclear whether action was taken or not.
Then, after causing some controversy less than a week into his Phillies’ tenure, Harper went ahead and continued his ways, telling reporters “If I didn’t mean it, I wouldn’t have said it.”
Needless to say, this didn’t go over well with Halo fans. For some, admittedly like myself, this was not a great sign. It got us thinking, “Why wouldn’t he want to play there?” For others, they remained in the mindset that Trout was going to be an Angel for life, no matter how much a player who has had one (1) elite season tampers with him.
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For Phillies fans, they certainly got caught up in the idea of Trout joining the team in 2020. In fact, some went so far as to create shirts showing Harper and Trout as presidential candidates. Clever, I’ll give them that, but sadly for anyone who bought one, it will be representing a lost dream rather than the future reality in Philadelphia.
I usually don’t get too into all this extra stuff in the MLB. However, after all this Harper nonsense, the Trout signing has that extra bit of greatness to it for Halo Nation.