If there were questions about how citizens fans would greet Bryce Harper in his return to Washington, they were answered well before the first pitch. A tribute video – the thing that usually inspires hot fuzzies before the rancor begins – was played on the scoreboard and booed vociferously. Then Harper himself was booed. And booked and booed and booed.
"I heard angry," Harper said, "and just remembered that I had 45,000 people and more in the city of Philadelphia screaming at their tv's" is cheering. " Some Philly fans were "not in front of their TVs, though or even in Philadelphia. Some of them, maybe a few thousand, were in Nationals Park. You could see them in the crowd if you looked close enough, but you could Don't really hear them yet. Not over angry. But they could wait.
The rain helped, delayed the game 41
bat flip? "That's the feeling of the game," Harper said. "That's it. It's about it."
At the final exit, the remaining crowd was no longer even mixed. It was just Phillies fans who scold MVP, and the Phillies swapped handshakes, and there was Harper, on the court in Washington again, but this time in road grids, only the first of many, many times over the next 13 years.