What Pete Rose told Bryce Harper about Philly before the Phillies move

Pete Rose solely spent 5 of his 21 seasons in Major League Baseball in Philadelphia, however the all-time hits chief has some fairly sturdy opinions on what the metropolis’s sports activities followers are like.

And, love him or hate him, Rose appears to grasp the metropolis and its fan base higher than most.

Rose, 81, who remains to be suspended from Major League Baseball as a result of he gambled on video games throughout his time as a participant and supervisor, joined the Takeoff with John Clark podcast this week to talk about his return to Philly, his legacy, the metropolis, and many extra from Rose’s long gone.

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The 1980 World Champion first baseman had lots to say about the metropolis’s baseball followers, together with what he told reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper before Harper made his move from the Nationals to the Phils in 2019.

“I feel I talked to Bryce Harper before he went to Philly,” Rose mentioned, “and I told him, ‘Bryce, bust your ass daily and they’ll by no means even begin to suppose about booing you. I do not care what number of instances you strike out. If you bust your chops, they will love you. You’ve received the expertise.’ And he is received the expertise, he is proven it, okay?

“With Philly followers – you may’t get offended [at boos] in case you strike out in the backside of the ninth with the bases loaded with two outs. They need a hit, they need to win the recreation. They do not need to see you strike out. Are you supposed to present them a standing ovation in case you make an error or strike out? Hey, endure the penalties primarily based in your play. Make positive they do not boo, ensure that they yell for you since you received a game-winning hit, you made a game-winning play, you bought a game-winning save. Those are the issues that make followers glad. Philadelphia followers, they don’t seem to be coming to the video games to see the Phillies play, they’re coming to the video games to see the Phillies win.”

It’s onerous to argue Rose’s factors!

And look, whereas Rose was proper about the entire bust-your-ass factor, Harper really did get booed about a month into his time in Philly. He was in the center of a droop, a two-week span during which he was hitting .196, and after an unsightly 0-for-4 evening he heard the boo birds in Citizens Bank Park.

Harper was requested after the recreation about the boos, and he mentioned he’d “do the identical factor” if he had been a Phillies fan. The good reply. Harper understood the metropolis instantly.

He finally rounded into type, completed the yr with a middling OPS however a career-high in RBIs, and has since been taking part in at an MVP stage for the previous 250-plus video games in a Phillies uniform.

It’s actually not an advanced components – attempt onerous, assist the group win, and we’ll love you ceaselessly – however the metropolis’s ethos appears to elude some gamers for no matter cause.

To Rose’s credit score, he thinks it is the actual proper solution to be a sports activities fan.

“I’ve at all times liked the Philadelphia followers,” Rose mentioned. “They get a nasty rap, as a result of my philosophy with the Philadelphia followers is they need two issues: they need you to bust your ass, and so they need to win. Every fan in each ballpark ought to need the identical factor. That’s what Philly followers need I knew that after I was on the brink of go there, and I discovered firsthand as soon as I used to be there.


“Philly followers, they’re nice followers. They’re educated, they’re passionate, and I suppose that is why I fell in love with them as a result of they stood for the identical issues that I stood for my entire profession.”

Rose will probably be in attendance Aug. 7 when the Phillies host the Nationals and will probably be honored together with teammates from the 1980 World Series group.

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