Phillies season feels revived with Harper’s walk-off slam

Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

What just happened in that Phillies game…..

The magic was building for the Phillies, and Bryce Harper pulled the rabbit out of the hat.

After struggling to hit all day against Yu Darvish and the Cubs, Philadelphia walked off on a Bryce Harper second-deck grand slam.

Check out this crazy home run from Harper that sent Citizens Bank Park into a frenzy.

Kruk put it perfectly. Oh. My. God.

The moment felt right for Harper, especially with Roman Quinn on second primed to score on any ball out of the infield. After Corey Dickerson drove in one run and Rhys Hoskins was plunked on the hand, Harper was put in the situation he was born to rise up in.

Harper’s near-triple deck home run went 113 MPH off the bat and traveled 413 feet, according to MLB Stats. It was the first walk-off grand slam for the Phillies since Ozzie Virgil in Sept. 1983, a pennant-winning season for the Phillies.

Games and moments like this in the midst of a massive slump are why the Phillies signed Harper. It’s given the team and city a renewed sense of hope as the club swept the first place Cubs.

Perhaps the firing of John Mallee, return of Charlie Manuel, or call by Gabe Kapler to have his stars step up woke up some players. Whatever it was, there’s, at least for now, an energy and sense of hope for this team that they can hit enough to win.

Pitching is still an issue after Drew Smyly allowed five runs in five innings, but this lineup has proven to be strong enough to score enough runs.

Maybe it’s just the rush from a dramatic win, but everything feels renewed for this ballclub.