MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy sat down with Ryan Braun who, despite entering his fourth season in the majors, sounds like he’s firmly ensconced in his sophomore year:
“I’m really in the moment right now . . . I’ve learned to live in
the moment. The quote I’ve heard is, ‘Be where you are when you’re
there'” . . .It’s one of a
myriad of what Braun called “life theories” that he’s been batting
around. One came from none other than Mr. Beyonce Knowles, the rapper
“I’ve been quoting Jay-Z a lot lately,” Braun said. “He’s the ultimate
self-made man, and he’s the ultimate self-promoter. He’s all positive.
He said, ‘The truth needs no explanation.’ I think that’s deep.”
Not as deep as “Many chicks wanna put Jigga fist in cuffs/ Divorce him and split his bucks” but if you’re looking for a philosophy in life you can probably do worse than Jay-Z.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.
Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.
As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.