It might have been just the fourth game of the season, but the atmosphere of the Phillies-Nationals game was intense. The emotions were understandable. After all, former Nats superstar Bryce Harper was making his return to D.C., taking on his former team for the first time in his career.
Harper was met by boos at his first at bat. Before the game, there was speculation on what kind of reception that Harper would get. The D.C. faithful made sure to let Harper quickly know that they had not forgiven him for joining their NL rivals. Many fans expressed their displeasure with signs and shirts saying “snake” and “traitor” throughout the stands.
Round one went to the Nationals and their fans. Harper struck out in his first at bat, sending the home crowd ballistic. The second at bat for Harper ended the same way, leading many to believe that Harper would struggle against his former team. Harper was able to bounce back strong for the rest of the game, and was the driving force behind an 8-2 Phillies win. Harper batted 3-5 on the night, including one bomb of a home run in the eighth inning. The homer was the third in four games for Harper, who will be looking to have a massive first season with Philadelphia. So far, so good for the record signing, who has opened up a three game home run streak.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Phillies, who have opened the MLB season as the last undefeated team left. The Phillies will complete their two-game series with the Nationals on Wednesday, and will then return home to take on the Twins in a three game series. After Minnesota, the Phillies will play host to the Nationals. Bryce Harper will get to see plenty of his former team in the next couple days, making for some must-watch baseball early in this MLB season.
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