Atlanta hecklers are meaner to Bryce Harper than Philly hecklers

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Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic spoke with Washington Nationals players about the heckling they’ve received over the years. He starts it with a thought-provoking question:

Imagine going about your day at work and having a complete stranger with a beer in their hand and a hot dog in the other yell bad words at you and make detailed references to your personal life.

Yeah, “imagine.” In other news, you all should totally go get a comments section of your own. It’s the best!

OK, anyway, back to the Nationals. Yes they, like all ballplayers get their fair share of heckling abuse. Sometimes it’s personal. Sometimes it’s meant to be funny but often, at least in the examples the player give, the humor is . . . lacking. I’m sure a lot of it is funny to the drunk guys when they think it up, but things like “road trip to Canada!” and “I know! I know! We should all open a a BAR together!!” seem like good ideas to drunk guys too.

There was one surprising bit in there, though: Philly is way too nice to Bryce Harper:

Harper, in fact, doesn’t hear it much from Philly fans at all.

“More Atlanta than Philly. I don’t get much in Philly, actually,” he said. “I enjoy playing in Philly. I don’t get much from Phillies fans going crazy. Of course, the Mets, the Dodgers, San Francisco.”

Man, you guys gotta step up your game.

 

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.