Kris Bryant thought Cubs had great chance to sign Bryce Harper in 2019

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Bryant 'kinda bummed out' Cubs didn't sign Harper in 2019 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Think back, if you can, to a time when Cubs offseasons were filled with excitement and intrigue, not disappointment. To a time when the team signed big free agents like Yu Darvish and Jon Lester, instead of letting those players walk, or trading them away. In fact, it was only two years ago that the Cubs were in on the biggest free agent in MLB history: Bryce Harper.

Much was made at the time of Harper’s connection to the Cubs. He had been spotted wearing Bulls and Blackhawks gear. His dog is named Wrigley. And of course, he’s bffs with Kris Bryant. The man even posted a picture with Bryant with the hashtag “Back2BackOneDay!” But pundits and fans questioned if that was all legit, or if it was just an epic troll of Cubs fans.

However, Bryant himself told Red Line Radio on Thursday that not only was all of that Cubs love real, the North Siders were a favorite of Harper’s in that memorable 2019 offseason.

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“We went out to dinner one night at Steak 48 there, in Chicago,” Bryant said on Red Line Radio. “We were just talking and I said, ‘Man, it would be so cool if you came to Chicago.’ And he said, ‘Honestly, it’s top of my list.’ I thought we really had a chance to get him. I kind of forget the situation and who we signed, or whatever, but he really loves Chicago. He loves coming to the city, eating there. I mean, who doesn’t like coming to Chicago? I’m kind of bummed out that we missed out on that opportunity.”

To refresh Bryant’s memory (and maybe your memory as well), Harper ended up signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies. The Cubs on the other hand went with an Opening Day outfield that featured Mark Zagunis in left field, alongside Albert Almora and Jason Heyward.

While things didn’t work out between the Cubs and Harper, Bryant seems to be happy that his buddy is happy.

“He’s doing alright in Philly,” Bryant said. “Philly has some really good cheesesteaks too, so he’s probably crushing those.”

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