Moment No. 2: Bryce Harper's home run and staredown
As far as baseball and playoff drama go, the narrative going into Game 3 in Philadelphia couldn't have been written any better.
Following the Braves' Game 2 celebrations, a report surfaced that shortstop Orlando Arcia had been heard mocking Harper's base running blunder. While there wasn't much said beforehand, especially from the teams, tension had been building around the incident for the better part of the day. When the game started Harper made sure to let Arcia know how he felt.
Tied at 1-1 in the third inning, Harper stepped to the plate and delivered a well-timed and dramatic go-ahead three-run blast deep into the right field second deck.
But this wasn't just a home run that put the Phillies up 4-1 in a crucial playoff game they would go on to win 10-2.
Beneath the surface of the statline there was an underlying current of extra emotion. It had been simmering since the first pitch, and when Harper hit that ball, it released a wave of pent-up emotion, both from Harper and the fans in attendance at Citizens Bank Park. You could even feel it through the television screen. This was more than just a home run.
As if that wasn't enough, Harper created an even bigger moment when, as he rounded second base, he took a good long look at Arcia, who, it appeared, refused to meet his gaze. "The staredown" immediately became the talking point, the defining moment of the game and led to an emotional postgame press conference that perhaps is the defining moment of Harper's tenure as a Phillie.
And what's more, Harper did the exact same thing again when he crushed a solo shot in the fifth.
When asked after the game if he enjoyed the moment rounding second base, Harper was open with his answer, replying, "Yeah, I mean, I stared right at him."