Phillies: Top 3 reasons to get excited about Archie Bradley

Archie Bradley, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Archie Bradley, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Before signing a one-year, $6 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, right-hander Archie Bradley mostly pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks across his six-year career, with a brief stint also with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020.  The Reds non-tendered the seventh overall draft pick from the 2011 draft last month, making him a free agent.

Here are the top three reasons why we should be excited for the right-hander to don red pinstripes.

3. His quirky personality

Personality can make or break any relationship and we’ve seen in baseball, in general, over the years just how that can affect an entire baseball team.

Players with those quirky personalities can come into a ballclub and be the spark that they need. They can be the difference makers in how the clubhouse feels after a loss or after a win. If their positive outlook or ability to make their teammates laugh even alters the mood of one teammate, that can have a trickling effect and maybe even help the mentality going into the next game and/or series.

Although we don’t know what happens behind closed doors in clubhouses, we have seen it from time to time in dugouts.

We have to remember; this is a game, after all, and there should still be some fun in it. I personally love to see when the camera spans over to the dugout and there’s a little dance party going on, or at the very least, you see one player making another one laugh. Laughter is a great thing!

Here, Archie talks about an embarrassing moment he had right before a game:

Archie Bradley talks about an embarrassing moment

“Like right before I’m about to go in the game, I pooped my pants.”Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley explains why he wasn't so clean even though his pitching was.�He is this week’s Yahoo Sports MLB podcast guest.Apple: Android:

Posted by Yahoo Sports on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

It takes someone who can laugh at themselves to be able to share something like that!

Speaking of laughter, I don’t think we can forget to talk about how Archie’s fans would sometimes don fake beards, in support of him. There was even a T-shirt made with Archie’s full face and beard on it that read “Bring In The Beard.”

Also, you have got to love this tweet that Archie tweeted after he joined the Phils:

And, here is his quote after hitting a two-run triple in 2017, off of no other than Pat Neshek:

I mean, you’ve got to love him!