San Francisco Giants: Bryce Harper’s Social Media Means Squat
With the off-season fast approaching, it’s clear that the San Francisco Giants are looking to make a splash in free agency. This attempted splash will likely come in the form of Bryce Harper. While it’s unlikely they land him, some suggest that his social media offers some insightful tips as to whether he’d like to be a Giant.
Alex Pavlovic wrote an article for NBC Bay Area in which he addresses the fact that San Francisco Giants officials feel they have a shot at signing Harper because he likes San Francisco. Pavlovic goes on to include some tweets and Instagram posts that lend credence to that theory.
Now, I have a limited understanding of the plight of a content creator, so I can empathize with Pavlovic somewhat, but this article is borderline mean. It’s mean because it may actually give a few poor Giants fans hope that Harper will sign with their favorite team.
Mark my words: Bryce Harper will not sign with the San Francisco Giants this offseason.
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There it is, set in stone. Perfectly capable of coming back to haunt me in a couple months. Risky? Sure. But not really if you look at the facts. He’d be coming to a hitter friendly park and a team that doesn’t show any strong signs of seriously contending in 2019 with an aging roster.
It would be different if the Giants were young and exciting and had a plethora of prospects. That was the kind of situation that Eric Hosmer found appealing enough, in addition to a boatload of cash, to take his talents to San Diego last year.
The Giants don’t have that, plus they still have a guy on their roster who punched Harper in the face. Maybe they could work out some sort of restraining order but it gets pretty tight in the Giants’ home dugout so that may not work.
Now onto the whole social media thing. Bryce Harper likes a lot of places. Case in point: here’s a picture of him in Chicago. Here’s one in LA. Therefore, I don’t think the pictures and tweets mean a whole lot.
I think two other factors will have a lot more to do with his decision. One rhymes with honey, and the other rhymes with fleeing a sprayoff puntender. The Giants possess the former, but I’m not so sure about the latter.
So while the Giants will certainly make a push for Harper and may very well play into the city’s appeal and the great fan base, I fear it will all be for naught.