Bryce Harper getting traded from the Washington Nationals would have created one of the largest rifts in MLB history.
National fans would be left in utter disbelief, but would probably stop caring a few weeks later--at least that's what Thom Loverro of The Washington Times seems to think.
The disrespect. From one of their own, too.
Whether there would be a proper revolt or not shall remain unknown, as Harper is staying put with Washington at least through the end of the season, at which point he enters free agency. However, even making his name available in trade talks should give a pretty good insight into the state of the Nationals franchise and how they gauge their chances of re-signing the superstar.
Nats fans may not be the most passionate in the MLB, and the team is among one of the most disappointing in baseball this year. But Washington still hosted a fantastic All-Star Game. That's not nothing. All the same, Loverro seems to believe that the entire fanbase doesn't even have enough in the tank to whip up a frenzy one way or the other.
This isn't the first time Loverro threw shade at National fans. Seems like he has some kindof personal vendetta against them.
The trade deadline has come and passed with Bryce Harper still a Washington National, so whether the fans could invoke a riot or not is a conversation for another day. But that doesn't take away from the sting of Loverro talking trash about the very fans he expects to read and support.