Phillies: Bryce Harper mania took over Washington D.C., Twitter
Phillies fans swarmed to Washington D.C. to see Bryce Harper, and he made the trip worth it.
The eyes of the baseball world rested upon Washington D.C. Tuesday night as the Phillies and Bryce Harper descended upon the outfielder’s former home park.
Harper was met with thunderous boos after a thank you video was played pregame, and those boos continued as he stepped in the box and took the field. Harper started the game with two strikeouts, which made the Nats fans jeer and boo louder.
Those boos were quickly turned into cheers from a large contingent of Phillies fans who made the trip down to the nation’s capital to see Harper.
Chants from Phillies fans ranged from “We Got Harper” to “MVP” throughout the late stages of Tuesday night’s game.
Harper finished the game with two doubles and a towering home run that went just above the Phillies fans in right field off Jeremy Hellickson. According to Todd Zolecki, the 458 foot home run was the fifth-longest home run in Harper’s career.
Check out that bat flip tho…
Harper’s bat flip caught the attention of ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi, a Philadelphia native and Temple grad.
Harper also embraced the fans in right field with an emphatic bow and fist pump, both similar to the ones he’s done in Philadephia for the fans.
It was a complete takeover of Nationals Park, and another Philly superstar noticed.
All of the extra stuff that came with tonight’s game became magnified with the strikeouts and home run, but it eventually quieted down as Nats fans left the game early.
The attention Harper draws to games is a big reason why Philadelphia gave him that contract. Harper is more than just a player, he’s a star and a brand. He brings a unique energy to the game whether it’s on the road or at home, and he’s worth every stupid penny.
Oh, and the Phillies win 8-2 to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 1915.