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A Bryce-less October has Nationals fans thrilled

A Bryce-less October has Nationals fans thrilled

It seems like forever ago, Nationals fans were saying goodbye to Bryce Harper and deciding what to do with his jersey.

Fans got creative with his name, changed his number or even donated his jersey away.

But Postseason baseball requires a new level of trolling. 

Nationals fans made some epic changes to their jerseys. Noting that this was the closest that Harper would get to October baseball. 

The former National is still on everyone's brain, but that does not mean he is missed.

When asked pre-game if the Nationals are better off with out Harper, Manager Davey Martinez noted that the team is playing together. "What I believe in is it takes more than one person to win the championship, and that's been the message since Spring Training."

Game 3 and the remainder of the NLCS will be broadcasted on TBS... in case a certain someone wanted to tune in. 

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'We will reign again': Try not to roll your eyes too hard at this Bryce Harper speech

'We will reign again': Try not to roll your eyes too hard at this Bryce Harper speech

There's a good chance Nationals fans would classify this one as a clown speech, bro.

Prior to the Phillies Sunday afternoon game against the Miami Marlins, Bryce Harper graced the Philadelphia faithful with this message.

"I know it didn't go as planned," Harper said, and he's right. After the offseason acquisitions of former NL MVP Award winners Harper and Andrew McCutchen to its outfield, as well as catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura, many experts selected the Phillies to make some noise in the postseason, not miss it completely. 

On the bright side, Harper did promise to "bring a title back to D.C.," during his Phillies introductory press conference, and after the Nationals defeated Philadelphia last Tuesday to clinch a playoff birth, he's certainly upheld his end of the bargain. 

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Bryce Harper calls out Nats fans for crossing line in Phillies' loss

Bryce Harper calls out Nats fans for crossing line in Phillies' loss

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper has long been a favorite target for hecklers in road ballparks and now he is experiencing what that is like in Washington, where he called home for seven seasons.

Now a member of the Phillies, Harper was seen gesturing to the crowd at Nationals Park on Wednesday in the later innings of the Nats' 5-2 win. It was clear he was hearing it from fans and seemed to be egging them on.

But afterwards, when asked about the back-and-forth while addressing the media, Harper said these particular jeers crossed the line.

"They were fine all game talking about myself and things like that. I mean, I get it everywhere I go. It’s nothing new, but the last inning, it’s just not right. It’s just not right," he said.

Harper wouldn't specify when prodded for what exactly crossed the line. He suggested things were okay when the insults were about him, so perhaps fans took it further and invoked his family or something else.

He did, though, go into detail about why he gets criticized. Though Harper has always been a lightning rod because of his hype as a prospect, he thinks Wednesday's incident may have been rooted in the highly-publicized moments where he didn't hustle for the Nationals.

"Of course there have been times I haven’t ran out baseballs and things like that. I’ve slacked and things. That’s part of it. But every single night I come out here, my team deserves that, my city – Philadelphia – deserves that and the great fan base we have up there," he said.

Harper spoke glowingly about the fans in Philadelphia despite mentioning how they have also booed him this season. But he seemed surprised he would get this treatment from Nationals fans, who don't have the reputation for nastiness that other fanbases do, Philly being one of them.

"There are times it’s just not good and just not right. Everybody has a platform now whether it’s Twitter, Instagram or in the stands. They kind of say whatever they want and that’s just how it is. You kind of have to live with it. You see it in the NBA, you see it in the NFL and you see it here now and I guess it is just part of sports now," he said.

Harper hearing it from fans has been a constant in his career. Back in 2016, he spoke with NBC Sports Washington in-depth about the heckles he commonly hears from fans and the times where lines are crossed.

Back then, he said the Braves and Giants were among the most unpleasant towards him. It sounds like Washington is moving up the list.

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