- The Washington Times - Monday, April 1, 2019

Alex Rodriguez doesn’t appear to think highly of sports fans in the District. 

During the Philadelphia Phillies’ win over the Atlanta Braves on “Sunday Night Baseball,” the ESPN analyst said there’s a “world of difference” between D.C. as a sports town compared to Philadelphia. Rodriguez made the remark after co-analyst Jessica Mendoza noted the reaction former Nationals star Bryce Harper had received from his new fans.

“D.C. is about 130 miles down the road, but let’s make it clear: There’s a world of difference between the markets,” Rodriguez said. “If you’re over there, you’re thinking about politics and what’s happening in the White House. And if you’re here — this is a sports town. And they love their Phillies.” 

Harper, of course, signed a 13-year, $330 million contract in the offseason to join the Phillies. He makes his return to Nationals Park on Tuesday.

QUIZ: Can you match the nickname to the Major League Baseball player?

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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