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Bryce Harper free agency rumors: Scott Boras says there’s already a done deal in place

This is an odd story.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2018 at 06:34 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bryce harper, scott boras

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 28, 2018 at 07:32 PM (#5778234)
If Boras means that there's actually an official offer & acceptance, perhaps with some paperwork to be completed, or a desire to have the announcement with less competition from the WS, that would have to be the Nationals. Not totally clear that is what he means - he may have just been joshing with Michael Kay - but Harper has shown signs of wanting to stay in DC if the money was right.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: October 29, 2018 at 09:39 AM (#5778656)
So either,

1. He's re-signing with the Nats or
2. Boras is lying or
3. Boras is openly admitting to violating the CBA.

I'm pretty sure it's 2, but we'll know if it's 1 soon.
   3. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 29, 2018 at 09:50 AM (#5778667)
Isn't he opening himself up to a fine by joking about it? It seems sloppy on his part, since he isn't exactly MLB's favorite person.
   4. Rally Posted: October 29, 2018 at 09:51 AM (#5778668)
Apparently he was joking.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 29, 2018 at 10:30 AM (#5778699)
Oh that Scott Boras. What a card. Will the hilarity never cease.
   6. Man o' Schwar Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:45 PM (#5778947)
He has to be joking. If Harper signs now, how will Boras be able to keep his own name in the news until January?

Plus we haven't had the obligatory Boras statement where, by his metrics, Harper is basically a better version of the love child of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: October 29, 2018 at 04:52 PM (#5779150)
C'mon now, Bryce was born 44 years after Ruth died, not remotely plausible. And Hank was 58 at the time. At best, he might be the love child of Schmidt and Brett, possibly the young love child of Frank Thomas and Mike Piazza (I'm just sayin') but given his career trajectory so far, I'm betting Jim Rice is involved.
   8. , Posted: October 29, 2018 at 05:37 PM (#5779179)
Jim Rice and Freddie Lynn did spend a lot of time together in a romantic field.
   9. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 29, 2018 at 07:23 PM (#5779248)
He's going to manage Real Madrid.
   10. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: October 30, 2018 at 09:09 PM (#5779899)
What kind of insane contract would Washington have to offer to get Harper to sign so early in the offseason?
   11. Adam Starblind Posted: October 31, 2018 at 06:52 AM (#5779980)
$40M/1?
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 31, 2018 at 10:10 AM (#5780017)
I met a guy at the bar last night who still vehemently believes that Harper will get a $400M contract. Of course, he also insisted that Jason Heyward is not as bad as Cubs fans think because he had the best batting average on the team with RISP last year.
   13. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 31, 2018 at 10:17 AM (#5780020)
Did you meet Joe Maddon?
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 31, 2018 at 10:31 AM (#5780034)
Probably not? He had glasses, but definitely looked younger. Then again, I was drinking at the time.
   15. PreservedFish Posted: October 31, 2018 at 10:41 AM (#5780043)
I can't remember the last time I spoke to a stranger at a bar.
   16. jmurph Posted: October 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM (#5780054)
I can't remember the last time I spoke to a stranger at a bar.

I was thinking this, too. Strangers really argue about sports in bars, like a bad Thomas Friedman anecdote? That's kind of amazing.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 31, 2018 at 11:09 AM (#5780060)
It was unusual, yes. The guy was there watching a football game with a couple friends at the bar, and our group was standing/sitting next to them. He overheard our conversation about whether the Cubs might or should sign Harper and joined in for a while.
   18. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 31, 2018 at 12:13 PM (#5780110)
Probably not? He had glasses, but definitely looked younger. Then again, I was drinking at the time.

So he dyed his hair again? So vain.
   19. Nasty Nate Posted: October 31, 2018 at 12:41 PM (#5780137)
Strangers really argue about sports in bars, like a bad Thomas Friedman anecdote?
It happens at old-school neighborhood places.

Sometimes it's more like people will just talk to the room at large, or vaguely to the bartender.
   20. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 31, 2018 at 01:07 PM (#5780174)
If you want to get someone to talk to you at a bar read a book. I often go out solo and will sit at a bar to have dinner. I'll bring a book to read (specifically on my Kindle most of the time) and within seconds of sitting down I'll get "hey, is that one of them kindles?" Yes it is..."you reading a book?" No, I'm being interrupted while reading my book...and away we go.
   21. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: October 31, 2018 at 03:17 PM (#5780293)
I can't remember the last time I spoke to a stranger at a bar.


This is anecdotal evidence to be sure, but I find it's dependent on the region/state/city that you're in. I lived in Philadelphia for two years and I only once or twice talked to a stranger in a bar, and that's mostly because strangers rarely spoke to me. I never seemed to observe two strangers talk to one another either. In Cincinnati (where I live now and have lived before), I will occasionally speak to a stranger in a bar, but that's because it's not uncommon to speak to an unfamiliar person in a bar or restaurant in Cincy. When I'm visiting my hometown in Kentucky or traveling to points farther south, then I speak to strangers without a second thought. Again, it's mostly because other people are doing it. I have spent little or no time in the Southwest, Rockies, and Pacific coast, so I can't comment on those places. However, my anecdotal evidence holds true for the East coast, the Midwest, and the South. Practically no one acknowledges you in a bar in New York or Boston, but somebody might say hello to you in Detroit or Indianapolis. You'll certainly meet someone at a bar in Tennessee or Georgia unless you post up in the corner booth by yourself. I think this phenomenon is partially due to city sizes in these regions. In New York, you're almost certainly never going to run into that stranger again, so why bother? On the other hand, if you're drinking in a smaller city or town, then people are used to seeing the same "strangers" more than once.
   22. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: October 31, 2018 at 03:33 PM (#5780310)
If you want to get someone to talk to you at a bar read a book. I often go out solo and will sit at a bar to have dinner. I'll bring a book to read (specifically on my Kindle most of the time) and within seconds of sitting down I'll get "hey, is that one of them kindles?" Yes it is..."you reading a book?" No, I'm being interrupted while reading my book...and away we go.

I assume at that point, somebody breaks a chair over your back...
   23. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 31, 2018 at 04:09 PM (#5780346)
If you want to get someone to talk to you at a bar read a book.


If you want to get someone to talk to you at a bar, be female.

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