For $330 million over 13 years, it may be impossible for Bryce Harper to live up to his contract with the Phillies, especially with all the criticism he's dealt with this year. But if he keeps hitting bombs like the one he launched on Wednesday, he'll no doubt make it hard for the haters to grow louder.
Harper absolutely destroyed an Alec Mills pitch, sending the ball in the upper deck at Citizens Bank Park, and the Phillies crushed Cole Hamels and the Chicago Cubs 11-1.
The bomb off Mills was Harper's second of the game and 24th of the year. The entire Phillies offense took off Wednesday, the second game after Charlie Manuel returned to the dugout as the team's hitting coach.
While it's obviously a small sample size, Philadelphia's offense has surged in the early going with Manuel leading the charge. The Phillies have a plethora of powerful bats with high upside in their lineup, so maybe a change will do good for a team that has disappointed in 2019.