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Derek Falvey Urges Child to Pass on Bryce Harper Card

A young Eden Prairie boy plans to buy a Bryce Harper rookie card this weekend. One area baseball executive is hoping he can change his mind.

Jake Evenson, 10, got a $20 bill for his birthday. The young Eden Prairie baseball fanatic knows exactly what he wants, too: a Bryce Harper rookie card.
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“He’s my favorite player, and there’s one I can get for $15,” said Evenson. “Mom said we could buy it this weekend.”

Twins Executive Vice President and Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey wants him to reconsider.

“I think he should really take a wait-and-see approach to this purchase,” said Falvey. “He has a solid card collection right now. If it appreciates in value, that’s when he can strike.”

Evenson, who was pulled out of science class to take Falvey’s phone call, was confused.

“It was pretty weird. This man said I should hold onto that $20 if I needed it down the line. I’m 10. I don’t have bills. I like Bryce Harper and I can afford it.

“The last time someone got a call in my class it’s because their dad was in jail,” Evenson added.

Falvey, who said the phone call was part of the team’s new Community Outreach program, understands Evenson’s passion, but urged the youngster to take the long view.

“What if he really gets into Fortnite or comic books? At that age, your tastes are mercurial. All of a sudden, you have this Bryce Harper card that was cool at the time, but now you want to trade it in for some Claremont-era X-Men issues. Then the market isn’t there and all you can get is a cruddy Daredevil that smells like milk.”

Evenson remains adamant.

“I like Spiderman, but Mr. Falvey said he’s not an X Man. I want a Bryce Harper card because I have money and he’s awesome.”

Falvey remains convinced that he can sway the child to his way of thinking.

“Later today we’re sending T.C. Bear to Jake’s after-school program with a dozen pizzas and a personalized t-shirt cannon signed by Jonathan Schoop,” said Falvey. “If he’s still apprehensive, we’ll let him shoot the cannon at TC with whatever he wants: apples, staple guns, you name it. Don’t tell TC that.”

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What risk? Every sports team ever sells for massive profit.

The revenue is there. It either goes to labor or billionaires.

And everyone was saying BUY REAL ESTATE in 2004.How did that workout.


This endless bounty of risning salaries is ending.And it needs to.


Entertainers and pro athletes “deserve” the money they get because they generate billions of dollars of revenue. It really is that simple.


Well, that is your opinion.They have generated so much money because they have expanded the product and priced it out nearly to it's limit.Now a correction in salaries is happening.Do you feel that is unfair to these players?  

Perhaps a satirical piece of humor isnt the place for another protracted back and forth over player salaries.

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Brandon Warne
Feb 09 2019 11:37 AM

Always a treat to see new people have their first Stu experience.

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Awesome post.

That is awesome! Love the thought line by Falvey
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Don Walcott
Feb 09 2019 10:43 PM
I feel for Falvey. It’s hard to reason with kids about how to spend their money wisely.
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It appears the funny has also left for Spring Training. We'll miss you, funny.

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Feb 13 2019 12:48 PM


Always a treat to see new people have their first Stu experience.


Now we just need to coax bat girl out of retirement.

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Feb 13 2019 12:50 PM

I'm going to add a second mod note here, but this player salaries vs owners has been discussed ad nauseum in a number of threads. Let's take that conversation elsewhere please. Feel free to start a seperate thread elsewhere.

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