What will the world look like in 2032 when Bryce Harper's Phillies contract is over?
Well, it's happened. The long national (definitely Nationals) nightmare is finally over. Bryce Harper has a 13-year, $330-million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Also, there are no opt-outs -- 13 glorious years with Gritty, cheese steaks and some of the greatest fans in the history of the world.
That means that Harper's contract won't be up until 2032. 2032! That seems so far away. It can't be real. What will Bryce look like? What will the world look like? Come, join me on this journey 13 years into the future.
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Matt Monagan is a writer for MLB.com. In his spare time, he travels and searches Twitter for Wily Mo Peña news.