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Phillies team store ran out of letter Rs amid Bryce Harper jersey frenzy

Bryce Harper’s decision to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies not surprisingly set off a frenzy as fans rushed to get their hands on his new team jersey. Sales have been shattering records online, and now it appears Harper mania is causing problems at the Phillies team store at Citizens Bank Park.

As noted on Twitter Monday by 97.5 The Fanatic’s Marc Farzetta, a sign was posted outside the team store informing customers that the insane demand for Harper jerseys — and presumably for those of fellow newcomer J.T. Realmuto, among other rostered players as well — has resulted in a severe shortage of the letter “R” for jersey production, which evidently is done on site.

It was reported Monday that Harper’s Phillies jersey set a Fanatics company record “by becoming the top online seller in any sport for any player during the first 48 hours after its launch,” according to an ESPN report.

The onslaught of online orders at Fanatics for Harper jerseys broke the previous mark held by LeBron James, whose Los Angeles Lakers jersey this past offseason was greeted by similar demand.

There not surprisingly has been no shortage of hype and fanfare since Harper’s free-agency odyssey at long last came to an end last week. Hopefully, the official store at the team’s home ballpark can stock up on Rs before fans start streaming through the gates come the regular season seeking a Harper jersey of their very own.