Phillies celebrate MLB lockout ending with epic hype video of Bryce Harper
After 99 days, the MLB lockout is finally over, and the Philadelphia Phillies are back.
Because federal labor laws prevented the Phillies from posting any kind of 40-man player content for the last three months, the team social accounts were relatively silent through the lockout, which only added to fans’ misery.
So when it became clear on Thursday that baseball was truly back, fans eagerly awaited the Phillies’ first post-lockout messages.
In typical Phillies fashion, they got off to a slow start, with a note from Phillies’ owner John Middleton.
But then, like a Bryce Harper home run, the Phillies kicked it into high gear with an epic hype video, which opened with none other than Harper himself. Alec Bohm, Jean Segura, Zack Wheeler, Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto, José Alvarado, Luke Williams, Aaron Nola, and Ranger Suárez all made appearances. We’ll try not to read anything into not seeing Didi Gregorius in any of the short clips.
Needless to say, we got a little excited in the replies.
The video was a hit (pun intended) with Phillies players, too. Several reposted it to their Instagram Stories, including Alvarado and Suárez.
When does Phillies Spring Training start?
MLB players must report by Sunday, March 13, but several Phillies players are already in Florida, including Gregorius and Harper, who’s been making pizzas with his top-prospect pal Bryson Stott. Stott is impressing at MiLB Spring Training, his quest for a big-league roster spot already underway.
Spring Training games will kick off next weekend, and then the Phillies will host the Athletics, their former Philadelphia rivals, at Citizens Bank Park for Opening Day on April 8, 2022.