It's the All-Star break in Major League Baseball, which is nice for Phillies fans because they don't have to watch their team lose for a few days.
And heck, we even got the added bonus of one of baseball's best and brightest saying something nice about us.
Who are the rudest fans in the NL East? Not the Phillies fans!
In an upset, Bryce Harper said Phillies fans were not as rude as Mets or Braves fans.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 10, 2017
That's about as big a win as Philly can hope for this week. Harper will be a free agent after the 2018 season and literally anything he says about our city could be twisted to mean something ... more.
This isn't the first time Harper has spoken highly of Philly.
"I enjoy playing in Philly," Harper said last fall.
Then back in April he said he enjoyed playing at Citizens Bank Park.
“I just feel really good here,” said Harper, who has 12 career home runs at CBP, more than he’s hit in any ballpark other than Nationals Park. “Ever since I came up in 2012, I felt great. It’s a fun place to play, a fun ballpark to play in. You see the ball pretty well here. I just let the rest take care of itself, I guess.”
It’s a fun place to play, huh? They seem to boo you guys pretty good here, Bryce.
“I feel like every single park we go to [we’re that way], pretty … not liked,” Harper said with a grin. “I don’t know. I love coming in here and playing in this park, being able to play in front of these fans. I enjoy being in Philly for a few days and playing against great Phillies teams.”
Now we know he thinks Phillies fans are less rude than Mets or Braves fans -- which may or may not be accurate. So we have that going for us.
Will the Phillies sign Harper in 2019? Here's a good list of reasons why they should from back in March.