Harper: My future kids 'can say they're from Philly'

Bryce Harper on 94WIP

Andrew Porter
March 05, 2019 - 2:49 pm

Bryce Harper's egotistical persona couldn't seem further from the truth after listening to him speak. 

Making his debut on 94WIP with Jon Marks & Ike Reese live from Clearwater on Tuesday afteroon, Harper explained why he picked the Phillies, explaining that he loved the idea of being in Philadelphia—a close knit city—for 13 years. 

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"For me it came down to where could I see myself. Where could I really see myself helping in the community, helping with a team, helping with the organization and going through that process of 13 years. I didn't want the opt-outs. I didn't want to get traded or anything. I really wanted to go through the winning, the losing, the understanding of what a team is all about and going through that long period of time.

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"Like I said, are the schools good? Are the hospitals good? Could I see my family growing up here? I mean, for me, when I have kids one day they can say they're from Philly. That means something to people and for me to be able to say that, that's what it's all about.

"I don't know, I haven't lived in Philly or anything like that, but the sense that I get is that it's like a big neighborhood. People really understand, they care. They care about their neighbor, they understand it."

Harper also admitted he will certainly recruit Mike Trout in 2020

“If you don’t think I’m going to be calling Mike Trout in 2020 to have him come to Philly," Harper said, "you are crazy. 

Listen to the full interview below.