Bryce Harper, Manny Machado meet with World Series berth on the line

SAN DIEGO — The Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres had been at every different’s throats, making every different’s lives depressing, desperately in need of the different to leave. 

It used to be the iciness of 2018, and two of the youngest, biggest place gamers to ever hit unfastened company had been concurrently on the marketplace. 

The Phillies, with proprietor John Middleton telling the global that he had “stupid money’’ to spend, wanted Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but it was an errant telephone call by his 5-month-old grandson that might have been the deciding factor. 

The Padres, with owner Peter Seidler trying to be discreet about their free-agent wishes, wanted Machado or Harper, too, with the tranquil San Diego community, and even Seidler’s young daughters, playing a key role. 

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