Bryce Harper, NL MVP

Yeah, the Phillies broke my heart this season. (Again.) But damn, what a pleasure watching Bryce Harper play his heart out:

PHILADELPHIA, PA — After one of the greatest single offensive seasons in Philadelphia Phillies history, slugger Bryce Harper has been named the 2021 Most Valuable Player in the National League.

Harper, 28, beat out a pair of superstar youngsters for the award: 23-year-old Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals and 22-year-old Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres. It’s Harper’s second career MVP award after taking home the trophy in 2015.

In the moments before the winner was announced on MLB Network, Harper credited both his team and Philadelphia fans for keeping him strong and healthy throughout the year.

“I wanted to play every single day for my city, Philadelphia, my fanbase, my teammates,” he said.

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It will be my birthday, and the Phillies are either done for the season, or hanging by an improbable thread. They are such a schizophrenic team — in the past two weeks, I’ve seen them play incredible baseball, come back from 6-run deficits in the 9th inning, and basically dominate the other team.

I don’t know where that team went. And even if they won last night (UPDATE: They lost), all it will do is postpone the inevitable. Oh well.

One of the classic signs of a bad team is when one person tries to drag the team on his back, and the person who did that this year is one Bryce Harper. He is a joy to watch (at least most of the time) and in the past six weeks or so, almost superhuman at times.

The story of my birthday is that every year, my mother would bring out the cake, my family would sing a rushed “Happy Birthday” to me, I’d blow out the candles, and my father and brothers would load up their plates with cake and ice cream before rushing to the living room to watch the Phillies play the last game of the season.

It was easier then. There was no chance of post-season play (except for 1964, but we don’t like to talk about that). And now, because for a short time, the Phillies made us see the vision again for at least a week, the last day of the regular season will be a little more poignant than usual.





Sounds like all those Republican owners have had enough of losing money: