Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper's Top 5 home runs as a Phillie

Bryce Harper's Top 5 home runs as a Phillie

Today is the one-year anniversary of Bryce Harper's first regular-season home run as a Phillie, a 465-foot solo shot off of former Phils first-round pick Jesse Biddle.

The Phillies swept the Braves in that opening series and Harper went deep in the second and third games. He hit seven of his 35 home runs against the Braves, three more than he had against any other team in 2019.

Let's look back at Harper's top five home runs as a Phillie in Year 1.

1. Walk-off grand slam vs. Cubs (Aug. 15)

You knew this was going to be No. 1. It was probably the top moment of the Phillies' 2019 season.

The Phillies were down 5-3 with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth when Harper sent a 2-2 pitch from lefty Derek Holland into the second deck in right field.

Everything about the moment was great — from the height and majesty of Harper's walk-off grand slam to John Kruk's "Oh my god!" to Tom McCarthy's call.

This win made the Phillies 63-58 and was part of a season-long four-game winning streak. They won four in a row on five different instances but lost the fifth game each time.

Harper has six career walk-off home runs. This was his first since May of 2017.

2. Harper drops the mic in return to D.C. (April 2)

This one didn't affect the outcome of the game like the walk-off grand slam but it was definitely a memorable moment on a night when Harper was booed nonstop.

It was the Phillies' fourth game of the season and they had just swept the Braves. The Nats started Max Scherzer in one of many long, rainy games in D.C. between the Phils and Nats.

Late in the night, with the Phillies already up 6-2, Harper absolutely crushed a Jeremy Hellickson pitch to the second deck in right-center. There were a ton of Phillies fans in attendance and they made up most of the remaining crowd. 

Check out how that section in right field stirs after the crack of the bat.

3. Harper splashes into McCovey Cove for the win (Aug. 9)

Another late-game home run against a left-handed reliever. The Phillies were down 6-5 in the seventh inning in San Francisco when Harper hit a 3-run shot into McCovey Cove against Tony Watson.

It went 456 feet. The Phillies badly needed it because it was their only win in the final six of a seven-game West Coast trip.

This was when Harper was at his hottest. In 20 games from Aug. 5 through Aug. 31, he hit .304 with 10 homers and 24 RBI.

4. Blasting off onto Ashburn Alley (May 18)

This was Harper's longest home run of the year, a 466-footer on a Saturday afternoon to straightaway center field that cleared almost everything and landed on Ashburn Alley.

The Phillies swept the Rockies in this early-season series and emerged 27-19. Remember those days? The Phils' high watermark came 10 days later at 33-22.

5. Bryce beats the Dodgers early and late (July 16)

Probably Harper's best game of the season.

The Phillies jumped on Dodgers ace Walker Buehler for six runs in one of Buehler's worst starts. Harper punctuated the Phillies' second-inning rally with a 458-foot, three-run shot off Buehler on a fastball just over 98 mph. He did even more damage later.

This was one of the Phillies' wildest games of the year. They led 6-1 after three innings but the Dodgers came all the way back and went ahead 8-6 in the top of the ninth. 

With one out in the bottom of the ninth against Kenley Jansen, Andrew Knapp doubled, Cesar Hernandez singled, Scott Kingery drove in a run with an RBI single and Harper hit a walk-off two-run double.

Subscribe and rate Phillies Talk:
Apple Podcasts / Google Play / Spotify / Stitcher / Art19 / YouTube

More on the Phillies

Philadelphia athletes, Sixers managing partners join Ben Simmons’ ‘Philly Pledge’

Philadelphia athletes, Sixers managing partners join Ben Simmons’ ‘Philly Pledge’

Updated: 10:42 p.m. 

The “Philly Pledge” picked up steam over the weekend.

Plenty of prominent Philadelphia athletes have joined the initiative, which was launched on Friday by Ben Simmons to encourage donations to Philabundance and the PHL COVID-19 Fund to support coronavirus relief efforts.

Philabundance is a hunger relief organization, while the mission of the PHL COVID-19 Fund is to “help our nonprofit community navigate near-and longer-term challenges from COVID-19 and ensure that critical resources remain available for those in our community who need it most.”

Claude Giroux, Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper and Tobias Harris are among the athletes who have joined.

Simmons thanked those who have joined him in a video Monday night.

“It’s amazing to see everyone come together as a community and support each other," he said. "I love this city and I’m proud to call Philadelphia my home. Together we can overcome this.” 

Sixers managing partner Josh Harris, co-managing partner David Blitzer and the Sixers Youth Foundation have also made a “significant six-figure donation to Philabundance,” according to a Philabundance press release Monday. 

“The donation will be used to provide 20,000 boxes of food that will feed 160,000 people across the Philadelphia region during this critical time of need,” per the release. 

Harris and Blitzer have also funded the purchase of 10,000 Google Chromebooks for Philadelphia students, the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia announced in a press release. 

Simmons’ teammate Joel Embiid is donating $500,000 to coronavirus medical relief efforts

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Sixers

What video games Joel Embiid, Bryce Harper, other Philly athletes are playing during down time

What video games Joel Embiid, Bryce Harper, other Philly athletes are playing during down time

It doesn't matter if you're an average Philadelphia resident or one of the city's most recognizable faces: if you're cooped up in your house for days on end, you're probably going to kill time with video games.

With major professional sports leagues suspended or canceled amidst growing concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Philly's pro athletes are trying to entertain themselves by gaming. It's relatable.

On Thursday, Phillies star Bryce Harper posed a question to his millions of Instagram followers: should he start streaming video games?

Streaming has become a pretty popular way for athletes to casually engage with their fans, while also hanging out with their real-life friends and unwinding after games. It might sound odd to spend your time watching athletes play video games, until you remember you spend your time watching athletes play games already. Sports!

If Harper starts streaming Fortnite, I'll be there to track his K/D ratio like it's his OPS.

And he's not the only athlete on the sticks. On Friday evening, Sixers star and prolific gamer Joel Embiid took to Twitter to complain about FIFA's difficulty settings, sounding juuuuust a bit like someone with cabin fever:

If you need help deciphering, CM stands for Career Mode and FUT stands for FIFA Ultimate Team, two game modes in FIFA.

Don't forget to leave the house once in a while, Jo. Fresh air will help with the frustration.

Even later Friday night, Josh Richardson was spotted playing Rocket League - at 1:30 a.m.! - by a fan, who tagged him on Twitter. Richardson responded to the fan with the digital equivalent of a head nod:

Richardson later switched it up - at 3 a.m.! - and moved to FIFA:

Then, early on Saturday afternoon, Richardson was trying to convince Mavericks phenom Luka Doncic to play some FIFA with him:

By mid-afternoon Saturday, Richardson was streaming FIFA 20 matches on his newly-made Twitch page:

Instead of setting up his microphone on Twitch, Richardson live-streamed his own reaction on Instagram Live (what a world, huh?) including a split-screen with his random online opponent, who was holding a baby... and still beating Richardson:

Richardson is truly a man of the people.

Notorious gamer and occasional Twitch streamer Ben Simmons hasn't been spotted streaming just yet, but as the NBA's hiatus wears on, it's likely just a matter of time.

If you're stuck at home this week like Embiid, Harper, and Richardson, keep your eyes peeled - you just might bump into a famous Philly athlete gaming on the internet.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Sixers