SportsPulse: The Nationals are going to their first ever World Series and in the process had one of the most historic turnarounds we've ever seen in baseball.
Yes, Bryce Harper has been watching his old team, the Washington Nationals, march through the National League on its way to the franchise's first World Series appearance.
No, he doesn't have any regrets.
"Jealousy isn't good," he told The Athletic's Jayson Stark recently.
In his seven years with the Nats, Harper never led them as far as they have gone now. The Philadelphia Phillies inked him to a 13-year, $ 330 million deal this offseason, so Harper has had to watch his former teammates play champagne throughout October.
"They made their decision, and I made my decision as well," Harper told The Athletic. "I made the best decision for my family. And I'm so happy to be in Philly. It's the place I wanted to be."
As for how he's handled missing out on the remarkable postseason run by a year?
"I think it's about being able to be the person that I am and not saying to myself, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe I'm not a National,' or, 'Oh my gosh, those guys are doing what they're doing. I can't believe it. I'm so jealous, "Harper told The Athletic. "No. So happy for them. You know how hard it is to get into the postseason and win games. For them to be able to put it together this year the way they have, an amazing thing."
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A modified Bryce Harper jersey before game three of the 2019 NLCS playoff baseball series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Photo: Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports)
Together, the Nationals and Harper experienced playoff heartbreak. The Game 5 debacle of the 2012 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals preceded more division series failure in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
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But Harper garners zero resentment Plus, who knows if the Nationals go this far with Harper on the roster?
"Not signing me, they were able to go out and get the starting pitching that they needed and the pitching that they needed for their bullpen," he said. 34 Nationals jerseys that have been duct-taped over and altered.
"Over. I'm wearing No. 3 now. And I play for the Philadelphia Phillies – you know what that says?" he told The Athletic. "I appreciate them supporting me before and buying those jerseys. But now they can do whatever they want with them. They're all theirs."