May 02, 2019
Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is a money-hungry "jackass" who deserves the boos he received at Citizens Bank Park the other night, according to 90s rock band Smash Mouth.
Harper was booed during a rough night against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday – he was part of a trio of Phillies to misplay a fly ball and went 0-4. After the game, Harper didn't seem to care. He said he would have done the same thing if he were a fan.
For reasons that remain as bizarre as they are unclear, Smash Mouth has become a source of intel on the inner workings of MLB front offices, or at least the one in their home town of San Francisco. Earlier this year, while Harper was still a free agent, they claimed to know the Giants were divided about how to pursue the prized outfielder.
We are hearing Giants ownership/upper mgmt might not be on the same page as Zaidi regarding Harper. They want to offer a long term contract like they did with Bonds and Zaidi does NOT want to. Sabean/Baer step the F up, this is your team, not some slappy's from the Dodgers! @KNBR— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) February 26, 2019
Harper went on to sign a 13-year, $330 million deal in Philadelphia, where outsiders love to believe booing poor play is a permanent indictment of the player, rather than a tough love wake-up call. Smash Mouth lashed out at Harper in a tweet on Wednesday.
Yo Bryce.......told you not to go to Philly jackass! The @SFGiants fans NEVER boo their own players! You we're lead by $ only so swim in the sea of boos now! How much do you love your agent now?? Worth the taxes you avoided? How's that 45min drive to the stadium?lol @bryceharper3— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) May 1, 2019
The Giants currently sit in last place in the NL West, so maybe these guys are just feeling sad and resentful. Their beach sandals and wet boardwalk music was so generically uplifting that it seems out of character for them to unload on a professional baseball player.
Since 1999's "Astro Lounge," Smash Mouth has got "Shrek," and that's about it in terms of favorability. The most recent endearing thing they've done is cover Car Seat Headrest's "Something Soon," and even that felt like a tongue-in-cheek collaboration that started as a joke.
Clearly, the band disagrees with Philly's philosophy on booing.
Bllsht! Nuture your players, support your players. That way when they pull through you can feel like you deserved it and you feel like you're part of it. Booing makes you the enemy....NOT part of the team! He's hit 6 HR's and remains a constant threat in the lineup! BAM! https://t.co/od3J8Z6lux— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) May 2, 2019
How about the Sixers' Ben Simmons dropping a career-high 31 points in the playoffs after getting booed, Smash Mouth?
You know what this is really about? They are still salty that the Eagles canned Chip Kelly and then had to endure a 49ers year from hell.