New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler responded Thursday to comments made by Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper expressing confidence in his team's chances of winning a World Series.
"So to be able to have a guy like Scherzer come in?" Harper said, according to The Washington Post. "I just started laughing. I was like, ‘Where’s my ring?’ You know what I mean? It’s stupid. It’s absolutely stupid how good our staff is."
Harper also said he would "bring back" a World Series to Washington D.C.
"I absolutely love this organization," Harper said, according to the Post. "I love the city that I play for. And I’m not done here. Like I said before, five years ago when I first signed here: I’m going to bring back a title to D.C. no matter what."
On Thursday, Wheeler said he and his teammates saw what Harper said and guaranteed that the Mets would make it difficult for Harper to make good on his claim. From the New York Daily News:
“I guarantee you we all saw what Bryce Harper said,’ ” Wheeler said with a smile.
When they signed Max Scherzer? The Mets righthander nodded.
“He said, ‘give me my ring,’ ” Wheeler continued. “We’re going to make it hard for him to get that ring, I’ll guarantee you that.”
The Nationals went 96-66 and finished in first place in the National League East last season, while the Mets went 79-83 and finished in third. The Daily News notes that Washington won 15 of the 19 games the two teams played against each other last season.