Speaking with Brian Kenny on MLB Network Thursday, Kapler himself added fuel to the fire, saying he and the longtime Washington Nationals star learned they have several shared passions during a “light-hearted” time together.
“I think we bonded over stuff like training,” he said. “I think we bonded over food. He loves food, and Philadelphia has an incredible food scene — among the best in the country, if you ask me. So, yeah, I think we just hit it off. He’s an easy guy to talk to. And he certainly is especially competitive.”
Kapler touched on a multitude of other topics during a transparent interview of almost 10 minutes, but it was his insistence that the Phillies’ meeting with Harper went well that stands out. After all, aside from a shaky airport video featuring team brass returning from the Vegas visit, Philadelphia has remained mum on its plans to go big in free agency — and “ ” in apparent pursuit of Harper and/or Manny Machado.
Kapler concluded his thoughts on the Harper meeting by adding that the two shared a laugh over an incident from the 2018 season, in which Harper successfully convinced umpires to change a foul-ball call during a game against the Phillies.
“Then, I was really upset,” Kapler said of the September memory. “I was joking with Bryce about that and I think we both got a good laugh out of that.”