- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Suffice it to say, fans of the Philadelphia Phillies are euphoric the team landed Bryce Harper.

The sports apparel provider Fanatics told ESPN that Harper’s new Philadelphia jersey broke a company record for sales of a new jersey in its first 48 hours of availability, a record set last summer by LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers jersey.

Harper will wear No. 3 in the Phillies‘ red pinstripes. He wore No. 34 during his career with the Washington Nationals.

The star slugger and outfielder signed a record $330 million, 13-year contract with Philadelphia last week after about four months of speculation as to where he would sign. The Nationals moved on after offering him a $300 million deal with some deferred money in late September, which Harper’s camp rejected.

Fanatics also said that after Philadelphia, Washington was the second-best market for Harper’s Phillies jersey so far. How curious.



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