Bryce Harper: I thanked John Middleton after winning MVP for 'giving me a shot to play in this great city'

Bryce Harper on 94WIP

Bryce Harper was named the National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday night, his second-time winning the award. Harper joined Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Friday morning to discuss winning the award.

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Harper talked specifically about his love for playing in Philadelphia.

"I was talking to [Phillies managing partner] John Middleton last night and I told him thank you," Harper said. "Thank you for giving me an opportunity, thank you for giving me a shot to play in this great city. You play there as an opposing player, you understand how passionate the fans are and how amazing they are. They let you know each night what they feel and how they feel and I love that about them. They just want you to work hard and play hard and understand all that matters is winning, and I love that. The emotions that they have, the feelings they have, I have those same feelings.

"I just want to work hard. Any job you do, you want to be the best at. Whether that's a firefighter, a talk show host, a baseball player, whatever it is you want to be the best at what you do. I want to do that. I want to be the best player I can for the city of Philadelphia for the next 10 years of my career and help this city thrive. It's a working class city that works hard, that cares about their city and loves it. If I can just be part of that for a little bit here, I want to be. I want to be here for a long time. That's why I signed there, there are no opt outs or anything like that. I want to be a Philadelphia Phillie forever and I absolutely love that."

Harper is the sixth Phillie to win MVP and the first since Jimmy