Bryce Harper jerseys hit Phillies store shelves at Citizens Bank Park
As soon as the Phillies' $330 million man donned his new uniform at a press conference in Florida, jerseys and T-shirts bearing his name and the No. 3 he will wear started selling at Citizens Bank Park.
And the Bryce Harper sales jackpot continues.
As the Phillies’ mega hope for a return to World Series contention made his first appearance in red pinstripes Saturday afternoon at a news conference at the training camp in Clearwater, jerseys and T-shirts bearing the number Harper will wear for the Fightins -- 3 -- hit the shelves at the team store at Citizens Bank Park.
The cash registers started racking up sales soon after. And plans are in place to ensure that what sells out is quickly replaced from now until opening day.
“Bryce Harper is a once-in-a-generation player. It was amazing to see the enthusiasm and excitement of the fans stopping by the store today,” David Freireich, a spokesman for Aramark, which manages the store, said in an email. “Everyone is very upbeat and eager for the Phillies season to begin.”
On Thursday, the day the Phillies announced they had signed the outfielder known for his power hitting to the most lucrative contract in American sports history -- $330 million over 13 years -- about 100,000 game tickets were sold. That was the most in a single day, said John Weber, the team’s senior vice president of ticket operations.
Once Harper chose his number, Aramark worked overnight with suppliers to coordinate the production and delivery of jerseys, shirts and hats to be ready for sale Saturday afternoon, Freireich said. Another shipment arrived late Saturday afternoon and others will continue “on an almost daily basis heading into opening day,” he said.
Hours at the Citizens Bank Park team store will be extended for the next week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through next Sunday, Freireich said.