Allen Iverson and Bryce Harper do not have much in common, but the things they do surely stand out in the minds of Philadelphia sports fans.
Both were and are perennial All-Stars and MVP candidates in their respective games, for one, but most recently, the share a number so revered — 3.
Harper "rang the bell" before the Sixers' nationally televised contest against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. Now, on Saturday, Iverson will return the favor at Citizens Bank Park. The 6-foot guard from Georgetown will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Phillies' afternoon game against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, first reported by Philly.com's Matt Breen.
Iverson has over 1,100 tweets, but only one of them mention "Phillies" — a March 2 tweet showing the first Harper No. 3 jersey being created. The Sixers legend tweeted, "This number will be retired from the Phillies!!! # # # #3."
Iverson had his No. 3 retired by the Sixers on March 1, 2014, almost five years exactly before Harper signed his then-record contract worth $330 million over 13 seasons. If the Phillies' slugger keeps up his current career trajectory, his name and No. 3 will surely be forever enshrined in the rafters — or in the Phillies' case, bricks — as well.