The Philadelphia Phillies have shocked the world with their epic run to the World Series.
They demolished the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card Series, unseated the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, and dominated the San Diego Padres in the NLCS.
Now, the Phillies are National League champs for the first time since 2009.
After their Game 5 victory, members of the media got a chance to speak with the team’s owner, John Middleton.
When asked about having Bryce Harper along for the ride, Middleton had a hilarious comment.
“Maybe I underpaid,” said Middleton. “I told him that tonight. I told that to Scott Boras a while ago.”
“Maybe I underpaid” Bryce Harper – Phillies owner John Middleton.
— Don Bell (@DonBellonCBS3) October 24, 2022
“Maybe I Underpaid”
That is one bold yet hilarious comment by Middleton.
Harper of course was signed to a 13-year, $330 million contract prior to the 2019 season, which at the time was the richest contract in professional sports history.
Middleton here is clearly joking about what it took to bring Harper to Philadelphia, because obviously, if an owner wants to sign a marquee player to that large of a deal, it’s going to take a lot of work.
But Harper, who was named the NLCS MVP and hit the go-ahead home run in Game 5, has certainly rewarded Middleton for the money he spent on him.
Harper did miss some time earlier this season with a hand injury and has been limited to designated hitter duties thanks to elbow troubles.
But none of that has affected him as he continues to reward Middleton for his efforts to bring him to Philadelphia.