The state of baseball is in disarray after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN on Monday that he's "not certain" a season will be played in 2020 just five days after giving fans a "100 percent" guarantee the sport would return this year.
Among the players across the league to react on social media was Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper, who appears ready to give up on baseball for this summer and pivot to another sport.
A former linebacker from his youth playing days, Harper told Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson on his podcast Friday that he "lined up kind of like Lawrence Taylor on the outside. I'd rush sometimes and I'd drop back into coverage too."
"I was thinking, ‘Man, if baseball doesn't come back, I'll go play for the Eagles.'"
Listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Harper is taller than every linebacker currently listed on the Eagles' roster. A revered home run hitter who's been known to show up to spring training looking like he spent the last six months exclusively in a gym, Harper wouldn't look out of place in an Eagles uniform at Lincoln Financial Field.
Of course, Harper also used to be a Dallas Cowboys fan, changing allegiances after moving to Philadelphia. It appears the Nationals aren't the only division rival Harper has jettisoned since moving to the city of brotherly love.
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