Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bryce Harper’s bat flip was (thank u) next level

Bryce Harper’s bat flip was (thank u) next level

It erupted six pitches later, when Max Scherzer struck out Harper with an 85-mph change-up, and they were off.

They grew louder and meaner and, at their peak, the Philadelphia Phillies fans issued a unified reminder of what was going on inside Nationals Park.

As things presently stand, the Phillies have five players who have hit at least one home run; Harper and Maikel Franco each with three, Andrew McCutchen with two, and Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto with one.

Round 1 of the Bryce Harper-Nationals drama definitely goes to Harper.

Added Kapler: "I thought he responded in a pretty impressive way".

Fans in right field wore t-shrits spelling out TRAITOR, while other fans destructed their Harper 34 jerseys.

"When I run on the field tonight I am sure to hear some boos", Harper said "but I will always remember the cheers and the screams that are still with me right now, as I start my new chapter". At the time, Harper's 13-year $330 million deal was the largest ever in the history of professional sports, but has since been surpassed by Mike Trout's extension with the Los Angeles Angels. "I was trying to get back to my teammates as quick as possible and do all my handshakes".

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But the Nationals offered him less money than the Phillies did, with millions that would be deferred for decades.

Otherwise, he spoke about being "excited for the next chapter" and "pumped" to be back. I hope people don't forget about that.

After Harper's 15-minute session with reporters, he left the stadium's interview room.

Across the ballpark, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman insisted beforehand: "Honestly, it's just another game".

The Phillies went 34-42 in division play in 2018.

He is at the center of the Phillies' lineup, and the center of this rekindled rivalry, and was the center of attention for the fourth game of the Nationals' season. "Just trying to soak it all in and soak it up a little bit and enjoy the day".

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