Bryce Harper credits Joe Girardi for recent Phillies success
By Matt Rappa
Playing during this unprecedented, 60-game 2020 season without fans has surely been a different experience for all players, including Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper.
The Phandemic Krew, the group of Phillies fans following along games just beyond the center field Ashburn Alley gates at Citizens Bank Park, are making sure the Philadelphia fan can still be represented in-person at the ballpark.
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“We have a ‘krew’ out there that is out there every single game. It’s been fun,” Harper said on MLB Network Wednesday morning. “I think being able to have the support of Philly fans all over the country and in Pennsylvania — it has been a lot of fun. They come every single night.”
“They have their foghorn, shakers, drums, and things like that,” Harper continued. “It’s just been fun to have them out there.”
“We know that they support us. It is just a lot of fun.”
Getting used to shortened season
Harper said that while the season is far from the noon, it is important that he and his teammates continue to just control what they can.
“We know that there are fans at home watching us play every single night. We play for each other and for the fans that are at home watching us,” Harper said. “I think the team that can get out there and play and not worry about if there are fans in the stands — the quickest and fastest — I think that’s the team that will be most successful.”
“Everyone has to deal with it right now and there’s nothing we can really do.”