Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper is still a year away from free agency, but Chicago Cubs fans can’t help but imagine him in their favorite team’s jersey. Harper fed right into those desires Tuesday night, as he attended a Las Vegas Golden Knights game with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.
Need proof? The Golden Knights have you covered.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 29, 2017
There’s Harper standing next to Bryant. Coincidentally, Cubs fans have been thinking about Bryant and Harper next to each other in the batting order for months.
Cubs fans hoping to see Harper wearing blue next season have some reason for optimism. In June, long-time baseball reporter Peter Gammons said he had people tell him Harper would love to play in Chicago, but that the Cubs would have a hard time fitting him into their budget.
From there, things kind of took on a life of their own. Any time Harper and Bryant are spotted together, Cubs fans start to dream about both of them driving in 130 runs every year while the Cubs defend their back-to-back-to-back future World Series titles.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why Harper and Bryant always seem to hang out together, it’s because they’ve known each other since childhood. Harper and Bryant grew up together in Las Vegas — which explains the picture — and even played on the same youth team.
It’s certainly possible we’ll look back on these photos at this time next year and point to them as the start of the Cubs’ recruiting pitch to Harper. It’s equally possible this is nothing more than two good friends hanging out in their home town.
For Cubs fans, it is absolutely the former. While we don’t want to say Cubs fans are irrational … Cubs fans are irrational. A quick look at Twitter in the moments after that picture emerged reveals plenty of people hoping this feeds into the speculation Harper will join the Cubs in a year.
Hey look, they're practicing for what it'll be like to wear the same team's uniform. https://t.co/dYlRGLemvF
— Evan Altman (@DEvanAltman) November 29, 2017
Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper hanging out together. Harper to the Cubs confirmed!! https://t.co/9YaapCbSso
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) November 29, 2017
That’s not just a random sampling of Cubs fans, either. If you check out the replies on the Golden Knights’ tweet, roughly 90 percent of them are people hoping Harper will sign with the Cubs.
Look, it’s the offseason. We can’t blame a fanbase for getting their hopes up about attracting a big-time free-agent. We just kinda wish the player they were drooling over was … you know … actually available right now.
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