One may count on Las Vegas native Bryce Harper to be excited in regards to the metropolis doubtlessly getting an MLB workforce, however his response is definitely a bit totally different.
Harper was requested his emotions in regards to the Oakland Athletics’ proposed transfer to Las Vegas, and the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder stated he was not terribly excited in regards to the transfer. He argued that the Athletics belong in Oakland, not Vegas.
“I really feel sorry for the followers in Oakland,” Harper told Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. “It’s simply not proper. They’ve a lot historical past in Oakland. You’re taking a workforce out of a metropolis. I’m fairly unhappy due to all the historical past and all the greatness they’ve seen there. I see the A’s as Oakland. I don’t see them as Vegas.”
Harper’s feedback shall be appreciated in Oakland, the place followers lately staged an impressive reverse boycott in opposition to the A’s and workforce proprietor John Fisher. Nonetheless, with $380 million in public funding for a brand new stadium accredited by the Nevada legislature, it isn’t prone to make a lot of a distinction.
Nonetheless, the A’s probably transfer has not been a PR success for the workforce or league, to say the least. Harper’s remarks usually are not going to assist the notion.