Dukes: Nationals Fans "Are So Done" With Harper

Many Nationals fans can sum up their feelings on Bryce Harper in two words: Good riddance

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March 08, 2019 - 7:27 am
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Bryce Harper played seven seasons for the Washington Nationals. He won an MVP, was a six-time All-Star and helped the franchise to the playoffs four times.

And Nationals fans couldn’t care less that he’s gone.

“They are so done with him,” WJFK host Chad Dukes said on Ferrall on the Bench. “The heel turn, it was instantaneous. It’s funny because we have so many Philadelphia people trying to celebrate the fact that they signed Harper away, and most Nationals fans are happy. (They’re saying), ‘Good riddance.’ That contract is way too long.”

Harper, of course, signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies last week. It is the largest contract in baseball history.

The Nationals, meanwhile, have plenty of young talent around which to build – and re-sign.

“They love Victor Robles,” Dukes said of the 21-year-old outfielder. “They love the fact that they’re going to be able to keep Anthony Rendon or Trea Turner – these guys that they want to keep and sign with the organization.”

While many Nationals fans didn’t want Harper to sign with an NL East rival, they’re not surprised that he left D.C. In fact, they knew he was gone even before he turned down the Nats’ 10-year, $300 million offer.

“The narrative the entire time Harper was there was that he was leaving for Chicago or New York,” Dukes said. “It’s like catching your girl texting with three other guys six months before she breaks up with you. Everybody in D.C. thinks the team is pretty good, thinks they have a chance to win the division this year, and they’re excited about the new rotation they have.”

The Nationals went 82-80 last year. They open the 2019 season Thursday, March 29, against the New York Mets.