For Nationals fans, Monday evening was the first glimpse of the future. Two of Washington's top prospects who came over in the Max Scherzer trade with the Dodgers -- pitcher Josiah Gray and catcher Keibert Ruiz -- were the starting battery for the first time in a Nationals uniform.
Yet, the fun was quickly ruined by none other than a former Nationals' top prospect, Bryce Harper.
In the first inning, Harper sent a hanging curveball from Gray over the right field wall, giving the Phillies an early 2-0 lead over Washington. Harper's two-run shot was the first non-solo home run Gray has allowed since arriving from Los Angeles.
The moonshot from No. 3 was also Harper's 100th career home run in Nationals Park, a reminder of what Washington fans used to see consistently in D.C. over his seven years playing for the club.
Gray would allow one more run in the first inning, putting the Nationals in a 3-0 hole before any Washington player even entered the batter's box.
For a night that is the beginning of what the Nationals' hope is a glimpse of the future, it didn't start the way the home side would have wanted.