Bryce Harper booed heavily in return to D.C., strikes out early but finishes with monster home run




The boos from Nationals followers have been loud. The boos have been aplenty. And in the highest, Phillies followers had an enormous trigger to cheer.

Bryce Harper returned to Washington, D.C., for the first time since signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia in March, and Washingtonians did one thing but give the participant who spent seven seasons in the Nationals’ outfield a warmth welcome.

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After rain delayed the game’s first pitch by 45 minutes and spectators warmed up their vocal cords all through a tribute video for Harper, the model new Philadelphia correct fielder walked to the plate in the best of the first inning to thunderous boos with teammates on first and second and no outs.

Nats starter Max Scherzer blew two pitches by Harper for a quick pair of strikes. A foul ball and two balls later, with 1000’s of followers nonetheless screaming and videotaping the second with their cell telephones, Scherzer despatched one remaining pitch earlier a swinging Harper for a very loud strikeout.

The boos evaporated and turned to cheers because the earlier face of the franchise marched once more to the dugout. Nationals followers could be very glad to make widespread incidence.

Harper’s second at-bat didn’t go loads higher. It was another swinging strikeout, adopted by additional Nationals Twitter fire to match. The tweet is a reference to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and Harper’s new walk-up observe.

Harper’s night accomplished on a loads brighter discover: He doubled off Scherzer, singled off Matt Grace and hit a 458-foot home run off Jeremy Hellickson as a result of the Phillies acquired 8-2. Probably not how Nationals followers wished to welcome once more the well-known individual.

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“That’s sports. That’s part of the game, I guess you can say,” Harper acknowledged of the reception in an on-field interview with MLB Network’s Tom Verducci after the game. “I’m excited to be a Philadelphia Phillie, I’m excited to be a part of this team, I’m excited to go out here and compete with these guys every single day and, for me, that’s all that matters.”




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