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Smash Mouth smack-talked Bryce Harper on Twitter

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Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell has ostensibly tweeted about baseball from his band’s official Twitter account on more than one occasion. Back in 2016, he got into a back-and-forth with the official Twitter of the Athletics. More recently, Harwell appeared to have some inside information as the Bryce Harper sweepstakes reached its final stage, which was somewhat verified by Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Harper since signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies. Things have mostly gone well for him so far, as he’s carrying an .848 OPS with six homers and 20 RBI. He’s wildly popular. The only blip on the radar was a brief booing by the home crowd during a team-wide lackluster performance against the Tigers on Tuesday.

The official Smash Mouth Twitter posted this:

The best response — and the only necessary response — to this tweet that I saw came from @killakow, who wrote, “Did you not … tell All-Stars to get paid?” Indeed, that’s the fourth line in the chorus to the band’s most popular song, “All Star,” released in 1999.

How hated is Harper in Philly? Harper’s photo booth at the Phillies Phestival — a charity event that raises money in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease — sold out in under two minutes, according to Jay Floyd of the Shore Sports Network. All of those fans will be ironically taking pictures with him and getting his autograph.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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