Well, we don't have to wait any longer to figure out where Bryce Harper will land. The 26-year-old free agent is reportedly joining the Phillies:
Bryce Harper's deal with the Phillies will be for 13 years and $330M, league sources tell ESPN. It will not include any opt-outs.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 28, 2019
This 13-year, $330 million commitment is the largest guarantee in North American sports history.
This, of course, means the Giants will not be the next home of the six-time All-Star -- at least not for a long time.
But hey, at least it's not the Dodgers, right Giants fans?
Look, I may sound a bit -- hmm ... hypocritical perhaps, and the timing of my last article where it was reported the Phillies were no longer the favorites will probably hurt a Yelp review of mine, but these things happen.
And yes, I've read all of your comments on Twitter. I know it "aged well."
So, with that being said, the Dodgers-Giants rivalry won't be as spicy this season, or any season after that -- at least we hope not.
When you search anything that involves the Dodgers and the Giants, there are literal websites that promote this matchup.
"Get tickets to the Dodgers-Giants rivalry game here!"
This clash could be dated back to the late 1800s when the Dodgers' home turf was in Brooklyn and the Giants were in New York City -- and since then, it's become one of the longest-standing rivalries in all of sports.
This isn't a history lesson -- you have Google for that, but Giants foregoing the Dodgers lessens the blow for an outfield that would have been ridiculously stacked.
This is the Dodgers' outfield as of now:
There's also Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor -- who are considered just options for the outfield at this point. Imagine adding Harper to that lineup.
And yes -- I'm aware of the slash lines of Dodger Stadium and Oracle Park -- Harper, too, is aware of the lines. He knows.
Also, I've noticed on Twitter, it's a mixture Giants fans saying they're glad it wasn't the Dodgers he landed with, but there are also those saying they're glad the Giants didn't land him -- assuming that had to do with the amount of money the team would be spending. Something the team doesn't have to worry about anymore.
But we still love a good National League rivalry, and I know Giants fans will make some noise when the Phillies are in town.