Hours before his anticipated arrival at Nationals Park, Bryce Harper posted his goodbye to D.C. on Instagram. Please don't let this soften the greeting he should receive upon returning to the stadium he abandoned.
In the message — which was a month overdue and is on the same level of artificiality as a Kirk Cousins coffee shop hangout — Harper wrote that he's "sure to hear some boos" when he first takes the field Tuesday.
Prove him wrong. Make sure he hears strictly boos. All of the boos. Every of the boos.
Are you a Nats fan who's thinking of clapping or tipping your cap or simply doing nothing when Philadelphia's No. 3 steps into the batter's box? Great — give your ticket to someone else who'll do the right thing.
You're not being "classy" by not booing. Instead, you're wasting a prime opportunity to come together as a single fan base against someone who should be a villain until 2031.
Sure, the outfielder contributed to the Nats, as he gave the franchise a bonafide player for seven seasons. You can't ignore how he helped make them a legitimate franchise in its early stages. That was important.
However, you also can't ignore what the outfielder couldn't bring to the Nats: things like, uh, playoff success and crucial victories. That Home Run Derby title was sweeeeeeeeeet, though!
Yes, this situation was two-sided, as Washington's front office lagged behind the offer Harper eventually settled on with Philly. Everyone loves money, and he's no different.
Yet that's stuff to worry about and debate on later. He only returns for the first time once, and that initial return comes Tuesday night against Max Scherzer.
There's no such thing as the high road for this matchup. There are no fences to sit on.
Ultimately, Bryce Harper didn't produce anything truly memorable while with the Nationals. The least you can do is give him a reception to remember now that he's with the Phillies.
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