Why are Philadelphia Phillies repping a former Atlanta Brave prior to NLDS Game 3?

Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos were shown on social media wearing clothing promoting Deion Sanders, a former member of the Atlanta Braves

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On the eve of a massive showdown between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, Nick Castellanos and Bryce Harper were shown on social media wearing clothing that gave a tip of the cap to Deion Sanders. So why in the world would two Phillies show some love to a former Braves player before one of the biggest games of the season between the two rivals? Well, there's a reason.

Why are Philadelphia Phillies wearing clothing tipping the cap to Deion Sanders?

You see, the reasoning for the clothing choice can be found from the clue given by the Phillies social media administrator.

"They done messed around" is a reference to Deion Sanders, the guy on Harper's shirt and the current head football coach at the University of Colorado (the reason for Castellanos' hoodie). Earlier this year, before his Buffaloes took the field against in-state rival Colorado State earlier in the year, Rams head coach Jay Norvell took a shot at Sanders and his outfits, which can include sunglasses and a cowboy hat.

"When I talk to grownups, I take my hat and my glasses off. That's what my mother taught me,' Norvell said.

Those words didn't land well with Sanders, who used them as part of his pregame motivation for Colorado, saying, "Why would you want to talk about us, when we don't talk about nobody? All we do is go out here, work our butts off and do our jobs on Saturday. But when they give us ammunition... they done messed around and made it personal. It was just gonna be a good game... and they done messed around and made it personal. It was gonna be a great test, a battle of Colorado, but they done messed around and made it personal."

After Orlando Arcia of the Braves reportedly mocked Harper for getting thrown out at first base to complete a game-ending double play in Game 2, it appears the Phillies are now taking advice from Coach Prime and making it personal.

It appears the Phillies heard Arcia's words loud and clear, and Citizens Bank Park should let Arcia know their feelings plenty as Game 3 gets underway on Wednesday night.