After the first of three vital home games for the Nationals against the division-leading Mets, Bryce Harper was not pleased with the fans who came out to Nationals Park.
"I mean, they left in the 7th," Harper said in the clubhouse following his team's 8-5 loss in what was a wild Labor Day matinee. "That was pretty brutal."
Before the series, Harper commented on the same topic, stating that he had high expectations for Nationals supporters.
"Hopefully our fans show out for the next three days and we can have some fun and enjoy the game of baseball,” he said.
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However, it sounds like, at least in Harper's mind, Monday's atmosphere wasn't where he wanted it to be.
The outfielder's comments come just a few days after Jonathan Papelbon also took up a bit of an issue with Washington fans. On the heels of the Nats' dramatic win over the Braves on Saturday, the closer spoke out against those in attendance as well.
“These games from here on out are going to be playoff-type games and playoff-type atmospheres,” Papelbon said postgame. “I got a little bone to pick with some of the fans here tonight. I saw a few of them sitting down. I’m not going to lie. We need to stand on up in those situations. So let’s get that going, you know what I mean? Because this is playoff baseball.”
The Nationals square off with the Mets again on Tuesday.
Bryce Harper has been having a little fun on Twitter lately with his fans, who are still anxiously waiting to hear which MLB team the coveted free agent will sign with this season.
And the 26-year-old slugger's jokes continued through the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.
The Patriots' 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs was broadcasted on CBS, so former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was calling the game, along with Jim Nantz. Since Romo joined the broadcast booth for the 2017 season, he's repeatedly proven he can read a defense before a quarterback does and predict a play before it unfolds.
He did it again during the AFC championship matchup, and fans watching were stunned at his accuracy. And that brings us to Harper, who chimed in with a joke about Romo's spot-on predictions.
So, does this mean Harper knows what his future team is?! Maybe he's growing as tired of the anticipation as fans (especially Nationals fans) are.
Recently, he's been responding on Twitter to discussions about where he'll end up with shrugging and questioning emojis -- making light of the offseason's biggest mystery.
After Romo's proven history of being able to predict the future on the NFL side with incredible accuracy, maybe he does know Harper's future too. Here's a look at some of his predictions from the Patriots-Chiefs game, as well as from his first couple seasons in the booth.
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After weeks of twists and turns and not enough information for any Nationals fan's satisfaction, the Chicago Cubs seem to be out of the race for free agent Bryce Harper.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant seemingly confirmed the news on Friday night from the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Cubs Convention.
"He's not signing here," Bryant said as he sat down with NBC Sports Chicago.
Though there have been no official reports of whether or not the Cubs are completely out in the race to sign Harper, a word from one of Harper's longtime friends shouldn't be brushed aside.
Bryant and Harper took the field together in the 2016 MLB All-Star game, and faced off in the 2017 NLDS Cubs-Nats matchup.
The pair have known each other since grade schoool, and played for rival high schools in Las Vegas. But despite their history, Bryant says that they haven't chatted much about the situation otherwise, choosing to focus on preserving their friendship.
"I never bring it up to him," Bryant admitted. "I try to be a good friend to him, and not talk about baseball when he doesn't want to talk about baseball."
"Whatever happens, I wish [him] the best."
You can see more of Bryant's interview with NBCSC below.
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