OAKLAND — Even a Dodgers fan thinks Bryce Harper would be good for the Giants.
Noted baseball fan and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr — who’s had to contend with free agency rumors on his own team for much of the season — hadn’t heard that the San Francisco Giants were courting Bryce Harper, and he can be forgiven: He’s in the middle of trying to three-peat, after all.
When Kerr was asked about free agency, he was initially dubious. When told that a San Francisco contingent including Larry Baer, Bruce Bochy and Farhan Zaidi had visited Harper in Las Vegas, he was even more so, before launching into his own pitch to the former Washington Nationals outfielder.
“Are you starting rumors?” Kerr asked, referencing his own star Kevin Durant’s blow-up at a reporter last week. “I haven’t seen that. It could be fun. I’d love it if Bryce Harper came here. Does my opinion matter? Bryce, come to the Giants! Let’s go. Is that true? Is that going around? Kind of? It’s exciting.”
Kerr grew up rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers during his high school years, and during the NBA playoffs would jokingly try to end media sessions early so he could catch parts of games. The same held true during training camp in October, when his Dodgers were making their way toward their second straight World Series.
Asked after his pre-game media session on Sunday why he would want Harper to join the Giants, he said, with a smirk, “It would make the games more interesting.”