Bryce Harper sought the advice of a prominent Philadelphia native before inking his mega deal with the Phillies.
During his introductory press conference this weekend, Harper explained the role Angels outfielder Mike Trout played in his decision to sign a 13-year contract worth $330 million after months of speculation during the offseason.
"I talked to him a lot," Harper said, via MLB.com. "From November, all the way through the process."
Trout, a Millville, New Jersey, native, grew up a Philly sports fan and often attends Eagles and 76ers games.
"I played with him in the [Arizona] Fall League [in 2011], and we've kept in contact over the last seven years," Harper said. "But just trying to get a hometown kid to tell me what he felt, how he felt about the organization and the area and things like that. He's a kid who grew up seeing the Phillies have success, so going through those times with the fans and things like that. It was good to get his perspective and hear how he felt."