Bryce Harper sounded like a typical Philadelphian talking about a goal every Phillies fan will endorse.
“I want to be on Broad Street on a frickin’ boat or bus or whatever it is and hold a (World Series) trophy over my head,” the six-time All-Star said Saturday after putting on his new No. 3 jersey at the Phillies’ spring training facility in Clearwater, Fla.
The Phillies are counting on Harper to help them win only the third championship in franchise history. Philadelphia gave Harper a 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history at $330 million. His arrival has fans scurrying to the ticket office. The team said 180,000 tickets were sold in less than two days after the agreement was reported Thursday afternoon.
“He’s a magnetic personality and he plays the game with his heart on his sleeve and Philadelphia loves that,” Phillies owner John Middleton said. “They love people who leave a little skin on the grass.”
Harper chose No. 3 instead of the No. 34 he wore for the Washington Nationals because Hall of Famer Roy Halladay was the last player to wear No. 34 for the Phillies.
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Harper has a .279 career average with 184 homers and 521 RBIs, including a .268 average with 14 homers and 32 RBIs in 47 games at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.
Farquhar pitches: Danny Farquhar took the mound in a game again, his first outing since the 32-year-old reliever collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout on April 20 because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage.
The right-hander, in camp with the Yankees on a minor league deal, got one out and was charged with five runs in an 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“I felt great out there,” Farquhar said. “I was happy to be back on the mound. … I felt like a baseball player, again.”
Exhibition highlights: Noah Syndergaard struggled with his control in a matchup against Justin Verlander in the Astros’ 8-7 victory over the Mets. The New York starter walked five in 2 ⅔ innings but allowed no hits and just an unearned run. Verlander gave up two hits and one run — Michael Conforto’s homer — and struck out four over three innings. … Miguel Cabrera hit his first spring home run, adding a single and driving in three in the Tigers’ 7-4 win over the Braves. … Brandon Snyder hit a grand slam and Nationals newcomer Kurt Suzuki, the former A’s catcher, homered for the first time, a two-run shot, as Washington beat the Twins 10-6. … Former Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen had two hits, including a double, as the Phillies beat a split-squad Rays 11-3.
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