Bryce Harper not jealous of former Nationals teammates after missing out on World Series
For seven years, Bryce Harper was the face of the Washington Nationals franchise.
The former No. 1 overall pick arrived in D.C. as a teenager, and he soon won the hearts of Nationals fans for his dogged competitiveness and immense offensive talent.
Yet for all of the individual success–six All-Star teams and the NL MVP in 2015–Harper could never get the Nationals over the hump in October. Washington made the playoffs in four of Harper’s seven seasons with the club, but they never once made it out of the Division Series.
Coincidentally, the Nationals earned their first World Series berth in franchise history in 2019…but Harper was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.
However, Harper told Jayson Stark of The Athletic that while he is happy for his former Nationals teammates, he is not jealous of their success:
“I think it’s about being able to be the person that I am,” he went on, “and not saying to myself, `Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m not a National.’ Or, `Oh my gosh, those guys are doing what they’re doing. I can’t believe it. I’m so jealous.’ No. I’m so happy for them. You know how hard it is to get into the postseason and win games. For them to be able to put it together this year the way they have, it’s an amazing thing.”
Harper has been insistent in stating that his first year with the Phillies helped him fall in love with the game of baseball once more:
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To the City that has had my back day in and day out. Thank you so much for your love and support all year long! YOU made me and my family feel so welcome and helped me love this game more than I ever have before. So as you guys and gals would say E-A-G-L-E-S…EAGLES! Have a great offseason and see you at The Bank soon!✌🏼⚾️
The 27-year-old was productive in his first season in Philadelphia. Harper slashed .260/.372/.510 with 34 homers and 114 RBIs while posting the third-highest fWAR of his career.
Harper will have ample opportunity to bring a World Series to Philly after signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in February.