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How will Mets fans react when Daniel Murphy returns to Citi Field?

How will Mets fans react when Daniel Murphy returns to Citi Field?

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy will return to Citi Field on Tuesday night for the first time since he left the Mets in free agency, a departure that followed seven seasons in New York capped by a historic playoff run of seven homers in 14 games.

How will New York fans respond when he returns? 

"I'll have a better idea about that after I get it," Murphy said.

The truth is, nobody knows. Manager Dusty Baker hopes Murphy gets cheered, of course.

"New York’s always fun to go there. You know the people in New York, probably some will jeer him but I think most will cheer him. Because if the Mets had wanted to keep him, they had plenty of chances to keep him. It wasn’t as if Murph left. It was kind of like Murph wasn’t invited to stay," Baker said.

Murphy has always been a good hitter, but this season is off to the best start of his career. He leads the majors with a .400 batting average and also has five homers, 23 RBI and 13 doubles. Murphy has been the Nationals' best player and is already looking like one of the best additions any team made this past offseason.

The Mets, to be fair, found an adequate replacement at second base. They brought in Neil Walker over the winter and he's second on the team with 10 homers and currently has the best OPS at .829 of his career.

One Mets columnist - Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News - argues that fans at Citi Field should cheer Murphy on Tuesday night. Murphy is expected to be honored with a video montage.

"Everyone at Citi Field Tuesday night ought to stand and cheer, loudly, for Daniel Murphy when his Nationals arrive to face the Mets in a juicy early-season series between what appear to be two very good teams. Hey, the Mets themselves are lauding him with some sort of video tribute," McCarron writes.

The Nationals had a similar situation just last week when Jordan Zimmermann returned to Nationals Park. He received a standing ovation in the middle of the game before his first at-bat. The one difference there, though, is that Zimmermann did not sign with a division rival. The Tigers only play the Nationals every three years due to the interleague schedule. Murphy, on the other hand, will likely have a direct effect on the Mets and their chances in the NL East.

The Nats' infielder did not go into specifics of how he will feel when he goes back, instead referring to the Mets numerous times as a "division opponent." But his teammate, Max Scherzer, shared what he thinks will be going through Murphy's mind in New York.

"When you face your old team, it's emotional," Scherzer explained. "You want to beat those guys. You've got friends and you get a little extra juiced up for that. That's what's great for him, going into New York. He's going to be playing with an extra bounce in his step. We're humans. We have emotions like that. You've just gotta find a way to use those emotions to your advantage."

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.