There’s been talk about where Bryce Harper would end up if he left the Nationals ever since he turned pro. And since those early days, it’s always been rumored that he’d end up with the New York Yankees.
Not only are the Yankees the most valuable team in the MLB and in a position to pay him the big bucks (perhaps up to $455 million), but he’s made it clear that he was a Yankees fan growing up in Las Vegas.
It appears as though there’s something that could prevent Harper from moving up to the big apple. He apparently doesn’t like New York City.
“Going to New York City for a couple days … I want to get out of there in about three days,” Harper said while speaking with reporters at the All Star game according to Randy Miller. “You go there for three days, it’s pretty crazy and hectic and I want to go back home. I want to go back home to D.C. There’s nothing like.”
In a sign that he might be willing to stay in DC after 2018, Harper also spoke about how some superstars stayed with the same organization throughout their entire career.
“That’s the thing I want to do in DC,” speaking of the traditions you see with the Yankees. “That’s why it’s so amazing to be able to start with a team that you can build the most tradition you can with. You look at a guy like Cal Ripken who stayed with the Orioles forever. You look at a guy like Derek Jeter who stayed with the Yankees forever and (helped continue) that tradition of having such great fans and amazing teams and things like that.”
He went onto talk about how the Nationals are built for success and have a lot of up and coming talent.
This, of course, could simply be a negotiating tactic and he’s simply acting like he wants to stay with the Nationals in order to get a bigger offer from another organization. But, for right now, it’s what Nats fans should want to hear from their slugger.