Bryce Harper Stole the Show in a Triumphant, Bat-Flipping Return to Washington

April 03, 2019 - 12:57 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (94WIP) -- It was a glorious night for Philadelphia Phillies fans, in every which way.

Thanks to 94WIP and Phans of Philly, eight bus loads of fans made the trip from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. for Bryce Harper's dramatic return to Nationals Park on Tuesday night.

We got him. --

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After a short rain delay, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out Harper in his first two at-bats as the boos came down viciously. However, Harper went double, single, home run in his final three at-bats, putting an exclamation point on his return. The Phillies won the game, 8-2.

Throughout the night, Phillies fans chanted, "We got Harper" so loudly that Nationals security asked them to quiet down.

We TOOK over that ballpark.--

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Harper credited Phillies fans, especially those in the right-field seats, whom he did bow to during the game, for helping him throughout the night.

"I heard the boos, but kind of just remembered I have 45,000 people in the city of Philadelphia, and more, that were screaming at their TV cheering," Harper said after the game. "I respect them so much. I understand the game and understand the fan and player interactions and things like that. So, being able to have them back at home knowing that their cheering and screaming at me through the TVs and stuff. And also having the huge section in right field really fired me up."

Harper even acknowledged the crowd while standing on second base after hitting a double.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler acknowledged how thankful Harper has been to the fans and his teammates for the support.

"It's really impressive that he's in a constant state of gratitude for our fans, the Phillies fans that were in the ballpark tonight," Kapler said. "And to his teammates. I think he feels an incredible amount of support and he's able to articulate that."

These two teams are right back at it on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET for the final game of the two-game series. You can hear the game on 94.1 WIP-FM.

By Andrew Porter

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