The Philadelphia Phillies are heading to the World Series as they knocked out the Dodgers division rivals, the San Diego Padres, four games to one.
Phillies star Bryce Harper carried the Phillies to their first World Series appearance and 8th NL pennant since 2009.
Harper earned NLCS MVP honors after slashing .400/.400/.850 with a 1.250 OPS, two home runs, 5 RBIs, eight total hits, and only one strikeout.
The 30-year-old was a man on a mission and now only needs four more wins to cement his Hall of Fame career.
After the Phillies clinched, our Twitter account posed a question to Dodger fans: “Did Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers make a big mistake by not offering Bryce Harper the contract he wanted in 2018?”
And it was closer than people anticipated.
Did Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers make a big mistake by not offering Bryce Harper the contract he wanted in 2018?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 23, 2022
On top of that, many people were in the comments with the reasoning behind their answers.
Yes and it’s not close.
What he brings is more than the stats. He brings the emotion you need to win in the playoffs.
The Dodgers have none of that.
— Greg Ortega (@GregOrtega3399) October 23, 2022
HELL YES WE STILL COULDVE GOT MOOKIE
— Trayce Heyward SZN 2023 | TRADE FOR BRYAN REYNOLDS (@TrayceGalloSzn) October 23, 2022
Not at all. You can’t predict the postseason. This happens. Let it go.
— Hector Aguilar Jr (@JrAgui25) October 23, 2022
The Dodgers offered Harper a contract in the 2018 off-season with fewer years but with higher AAV (average annual value) and opt-outs; however, Bryce didn’t want a contract with any opt-outs. He wanted to let the fan base and organization know he was in it for the long haul, through all the good and bad.
He speaks more on his reasoning below at the 13:15 minute mark.
At the end of it, that money went to Mookie Betts, and I don’t think the Dodgers and Andrew Friedman should regret the decision one bit.
Recency bias is going to have people want to trade the whole farm and then some for Harper, but overall, LA made the right decision and will continue to make the right decisions.
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