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Nationals star Bryce Harper dead lifts 505 pounds, fans immediately freak out

Nationals star Bryce Harper dead lifts 505 pounds, fans immediately freak out

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is a big, strong dude. He's also a polarizing figure who could be worth upwards of $400 million to either the Nationals or the Yankess, or pretty much any MLB team.

So when he posts Instagram videos of himself lifting weights, folks like to comment ... a lot. 

Here's Harper deadlifting 505 pounds, admittedly without the best form. He also shared a video of his squatting routine. 

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A sampling of the fan comments:

"squid_castillo: So how long until you have to sit out with a back injury"

"drewjohnston22: @dboss923 pumbeling his back. Dodgers, all aboard the 'ship ship"

"miredsoxpride: No this isn't how you make an MVP... This is how you get an elite talent hurt. B. Harper has tremendous potential because of his unique skill set not because he can deadlift 505 pounds. 1st rule of strength and conditioning coach, "do no harm!""

"jdeese11475: Obviously no National's trainer around. Bryce longevity, not ego bro! Go for form! Would hate to see another promising career fade into obscurity."

"maisor: Keep that back straight and neutral. You need to earn another MVP not a bulged disc for a Instagram video."

"3rdbaserocks: @bharper3407 , dude,. Please save your knees so I can come watch you when the Nats visit Seattle. Heavy squatting is not necessary. Your knees will thank you for it later."

"mrkcrss: Herniated disk will cost you $200 million"

So, are fans right to be freaked out by Harper's weighlifting? And which one of you wants to step up and say you could do it better?

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

It's been a week since the air was sucked out of D.C. in the Nationals Game 5, 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs. 

And now that we've had a few days to decompress from another early D.C. playoff exit, Nats right fielder Bryce Harper decided to take some time to thank fans for their support this season.

Harper posted an Instagram video Wednesday afternoon, with a fresh cut, and thanked fans for continuing to pack Nats Park. In the video he says he looks forward to "chasing that championship" again next spring. 

The 2017 season could be described as a rough one for Harper after missing the last few weeks of the season with a bone bruise in his left knee. 

Harper had a .319 average during the 2017 season, along with 29 home runs, 97 RBI's, 95 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. He is entering the final year of his contract.

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National Fans. Thank you!💯 #RedLightRecording

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

On Thursday night, a Washington, D.C. pro sports team did something Washington, D.C. pro sports teams are very good at doing: fall short of making a league or championship game.

The Nationals' disastrous fifth inning against the Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series was the beginning of the end, not to mention yet another in a long line of disappointing playoff results for Washington, D.C. sports teams.

You see, Washington, D.C. is the only city with at least three major pro sports teams to not have a single one make a conference or league championship game since 2000.

To make matters worse, Washington, D.C. sports teams have now lost 16 consecutive playoff games in which a win would've advanced the team to the conference or league championship. 

Think about that for a second. Four teams. Zero conference championship appearances since 1998. 

Here's the list.

Washington, D.C. sports fans are not greedy. We can't be. We've had some very good teams recently, with the type of talent, coaching and intangibles needed to win a championship. 

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The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team won a world championship was in 1992 when the Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI.  The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team even made a conference championship game was in 1998, when the Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, defeating the Sabres to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Washington, D.C. isn't allowed to have nice sports things.

Sure, we have great players and great teams, but when the playoffs roll around, all the nice things go away. We aren't privy to plucky upstarts who run the table and we aren't privy to dominant teams that make long postseason runs.

Washington, D.C. will have its day, eventually. Sure it may only be a conference championship appearance, but for us, that's fine. We don't expect world championships. We just want something to get invested in.

Early playoff exits are rarely worth the investment.