Bryce Harper took to the field as a visitor in Washington D.C. for the first time Tuesday night.
Initially, the new Philadelphia Phillies star was treated with boos from fans that had cheered him on for years. After striking out against Max Scherzer early on in the game, the Nationals’ Twitter account decided to troll him.
Well, Harper has had that last laugh. With his Phillies up 6-2 in the top of the eighth, Harper hit a no doubt about it 458-foot blast off Jeremy Hellickson. It was an absolute rocket. Better yet? Harper might have put up the best bat flip of his career after the moon shot.
Tuesday night at Nationals Park in D.C. was filled with petty on all sides. For his part, Harper made sure his former team knew he was going to be up for the task. Unfortunately for the home fans, that included Harper taking his frustration out on them.
Harper finished the night with three hits in five at-bats while scoring a run and knocking in three.