The baseball world couldn't help but think of Bryce Harper after his former team, the Washington Nationals, defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 to capture their first World Series Championship in franchise history.
Harper was the franchise star of the Nationals for seven seasons, from 2012 to 2018. He left in free agency to ink a record 13-year, $330 million contract with the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.
We all know how that played out. The Phillies finished 81-81 to miss the playoffs, while Washington caught fire in May onward (following a 19-31 start), winning the World Series just a few months after they were practically buried by fans and prognosticators.
And as you would expect, Twitter had a field day in trolling Harper, who was forced to watch his old team win the World Series just months after he chose to leave the nation's capital for Philly.
Here are some of the best Tweets we came across.
I'll tell you exactly what @bryceharper3 is doing right now: smiling somewhere, happy for his friends.— Ryan McKinnell (@RyanMcKinnell) October 31, 2019
Because he isn't a monster.
And he has $300 million.
The Patrick Ewing theory is about to be renamed the Bryce Harper theory— Alexander Grant (@AlexGrantOz) October 31, 2019
BREAKING NEWS: Phillies release Bryce Harper in hopes of winning World Series next season pic.twitter.com/4Tw7TOYUTK— Denlesks (@Denlesks) October 31, 2019
Reports suggested that Washington made Harper a $300 million offer to stick around with the only MLB team he had ever known. Of course, Harper turned it down and signed with Philly, receiving that extra $30 million
The front office knew they could only spend so much on the 2015 NL MVP, and general manager Mike Rizzo deserves credit for knowing the limits here.
Washington made the playoffs four times with Harper (2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017), but they were eliminated in the NLDS both times. Nobody could have thought that the team would finally break through the same year they lost him in free agency.
Harper Can Redeem Himself
Of course, Harper is still in his prime and has plenty of time to win a championship (or more) with the Phillies. There's a lot of talent on the roster, and new manager Joe Girardi brings a winning experience to Philadelphia. But until the start of next season, Nationals fans will have grand time in reminding Harper about his free agent decision.