Listen: Phillies, Bryce Harper, Carl Ravage discussed on Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
"Just in the last twenty four hours people were angry. How can a big market town like Philadelphia get outbid long term? And I think the Phillies respond to that. Let's get to it. It's the Rabbie train with Carl ravage. Ravitch? Of course, the host the baseball tonight play by play man for USPS in on basketball and baseball and Carl we know Phillies fans are excited by this news. I read this morning the Phillies sold about one hundred thousand tickets in the hours after the news of this broke their fired up. We heard from Gabe Kappler about how he heard about the signing from the fan sitting behind the Phillies dugout yesterday. And I gotta believe that on his drive back home last night. He probably was musing about the possible Phillies lineup, and we'll start with that just have some fun with this. If you're sitting and Gabe Kaplan shoes, how you start off the Phillies lineup because I got an imac cutch leading off like a gene cigar hitting second. I got Bryce Harper hidden third. I got Hoskins rail Mutya what about you? Wow. There's so many different ways to go with them. I probably have mccutchen down the down the line up a little bit to me. The the most important part is going to be the fact that there's a left-hander in Harper in that lineup. Yes. And you know, I think they've missed that. I think the idea that Machado might go. There gives them you know, that that that handed bat that they needed rethought benefits from this girl benefits from this greatly. Obviously, you know, if you look at the Philadelphia Inquirer today and all the things that they've done. I think the lineup is one thing. But I remember being with Terry Francona when he had what felt like the greatest lineup of all time. I forget Crawford on that team. He had had Hanley Ramirez in his prime on that team. He had I think Manny was or tease the point was that. He he had so many different iterations of a lineup and it didn't work out that season that the lineup is less important. Me than what than what? Harper brings to that team. And then that passion, I think we've all seen Philadelphia when it's been one of these places that was the must address in the summer for major league baseball in the northeast, including New York, including Boston Philadelphia was the place to go that gave copper probably will go through sixty lineups as long as Harper is healthy. And in the middle of it with Hoskins in cigarroa, and somewhere is the cutting. They they are the team to be in the National League east. And look I think, you know, and I'm sure we'll get into this. The idea that Bryce Harper took a huge long term deal with no outs. And all the things that there's not a huge surprise in that to me. But for lineups whether it's Kutcher Cesar Hernandez leading off or oatmeal, Herrera figured out. How to get on base? You know, you need some speed ahead of those guys but soon girl Harper resource coons, it's. Gosh, it's pretty good. I'm sure that the pitchers in Washington or looking forward to facing it pictures in New York are looking forward to facing that lineup. It's a darn good light on that. It's a terrific lineup. And it's a great addition for the Phillies and then just to follow up. Once you set any. Let's I feel like let's keep our eye on the ball here in terms of, you know, the reasons behind the contract or not contract, and, you know, narrative about well, it's family, and he wants to stay there took the biggest contract offer. And you know, what that's great, right? You know, the it's tremendous he took the biggest deal. But again, I think we had this conversation last week. This is the idea that baseball fans somehow feel as if they have a right to dictate the terms of the contract that a player accepts is blasphemy.."