Gabe Kapler describes finding out Bryce Harper news from fans sitting behind dugout


Feb. 28, 2019, was the day the Phillies and Bryce Harper formed what should prove to be an amazing long-term union.

Thirteen years. $330 million. And a whole lot of high-fives in the city of Philadelphia.

You'll likely remember where you were and how you found out about the big news for a long, long time.

Sitting at your desk at work refreshing your browser, reading Jon Heyman tweets? The guy next to you in Wawa yelling it aloud? An ALL CAPS text from your cousin Danny? A phone call from dad? Sports radio hosts reading tweets on air?

Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler first found out about the news from the Phillies fans attending the team's spring training game down in Clearwater, Florida, this afternoon.

They were a bit excited.

Kapler spoke with reporters following the game and added the "if reports are true" caveat what seemed like a dozen times because the news isn't officially official just yet.

"We had some fans behind us that were sharing kind of moment-by-moment tweets to us. We were getting, literally like four fans right behind where we were sitting, telling us terms, who was tweeting what, making sure the reports were credible," Kapler told reporters after the game with the Blue Jays ended.

"It's a huge moment for our baseball team," he said.

Harper will create memories for a long time in Philadelphia. But we'll never forget how we learned about him joining the Phillies today. I'll bet Kapler won't either.

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