Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper has his sights set on playing baseball, for long as Tom Brady played football.
Speaking with Matt Gelb of The Athletic, Harper revealed that if things went his way, he’d still be suiting up and playing at a high level for the Phillies in 15 years’ time.
“I absolutely love playing for the Philadelphia Phillies. I can’t explain to you how much I love it. And how much I enjoy it. I really can’t. I want to play here until I’m 45 years old, and I really believe that I can,” the 30-year old Harper said.
NFL great Tom Brady announced his retirement recently. The legendary QB is 45 years old, and was still playing at a high level.
Harper has set a pretty lofty career goal for himself. A lot can happen in 15 years. It will take a lot of hard work and dedication to pull it off, but Harper is definitely capable of achieving it.
Harper’s 13-year contract with the Phillies will expire after his age-38 season, setting him up for free agency at 39. The two-time MVP has made it clear he does not want to play for another team besides Philadelphia.
First and foremost, Harper needs to remain healthy. Since signing with the Phillies, he has suffered two long-term injuries, an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery during the 2022 offseason and a broken hand after he was hit by a pitch by the San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell last June.
Harper loves the game of baseball, and he loves playing in Philadelphia. If, ever a player was made to play in a city, it was Harper.
I for one, would like to see Harper play 15 more years with the Phillies. I hope that he gets to achieve this goal.
Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper. Photo courtsey of NJ.com