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You won't believe who Bryce Harper said has rudest fans in NL East

You won't believe who Bryce Harper said has rudest fans in NL East

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!

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.

J.P. Crawford hits rare inside-the-park grand slam capped with amazing slide

J.P. Crawford hits rare inside-the-park grand slam capped with amazing slide

After getting pretty beat up by minor league baseball experts, J.P. Crawford continues his recent hot streak.

Crawford pulled off a play on Wednesday night that you certainly don't see every day. He hit a rare inside-the-park GRAND SLAM.

But he should have been out. The solid throw from the outfield to home plate clearly had him beat but the catcher was pretty nonchalant with his tag and Crawford managed a pretty good slide underneath.

Safe!

It was Crawford's ninth home run of the season.

Lehigh Valley went on to beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2 and Crawford finished the night 1-3 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Just like a closer, Ken Giles has odd way to get ready before a game

Just like a closer, Ken Giles has odd way to get ready before a game

They always say to be a closer, you've got to be a bit whacky.

Ken Giles seems to have that down.

The former Phillie always seemed to have the intensity and intimidation.

I mean, look at this ...

Well, add the peculiarity to his focus and arm.

Prior to Wednesday's game against his old club, Giles was getting the mind right with some important meditation in the Astros' bullpen, which you can watch in the video above.

As you can see, this guy is clearly meant for the ninth inning.

And, hey, when your team is 67-33 and 17½ games up in first place, you're allowed to be this loose.