Harper has quickly shifted the narrative over the past few weeks from one with fans yelling about his batting average on sports radio to The One Where Bryce Harper Is Worth $330 Million. It's funny how much anecdotes can change over the course of a long 162-game season.
The Phillies came home from out west last week beaten down with little hope of ending the fifth-longest active playoff drought in baseball. The offense, since the All-Star break, had been among the worst in MLB, coupled with inconsistent pitching and a bullpen ravaged by injuries.
Then came Tuesday when the Phillies' front office sent a message to a fan base that it's not giving up on this season — another narrative that was building — when general manager Matt Klentak fired hitting coach John Mallee and hired franchise legend Charlie Manuel.