Road trip: Phils fans embrace Harper’s theatrics

Road trip: Phils fans embrace Harper’s theatrics

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social media posts and on-field pantomimes, Harper has taken pains to persuade the infamously hard-won fanbase that it was a clean break with D.C. and he only loves Philly now. And boy do they love him back.’ data-reactid=”40″>In less than a week of pre- and postgame sound bites and social media posts and on-field pantomimes, Harper has taken pains to persuade the infamously hard-won fanbase that it was a clean break with D.C. and he only loves Philly now. And boy do they love him back.

Eight buses departed the parking lot next to Lincoln Financial Field at exactly noon on the first day that the Phillies would play the Nationals this season. Inside were boxes of soft pretzels, cases of donated beer, and 450 Phillies fans who had cashed in their personal days and called up their craziest friends to spend a cold Tuesday ensuring that Harper would be met with an ovation as well as animosity when he got to D.C. In the front window of each bus was a sign that read, “WE GOT HIM.”

of a simple No. 3 was not just classy, it was an omen.’ data-reactid=”45″>They talked about how he was doing all the right things — and that they noticed. The pregnancy announcement under the Ben Franklin bridge was perfect and opting to defer to Roy Halladay’s 34 in favor of a simple No. 3 was not just classy, it was an omen.

“Hopefully, he’s the second coming of the next Bambino!” said Kyle, the bus leader who has been on 30-some Phans of Philly trips.

Oh, the game?

The Phillies marched essentially unchallenged to an 8-2 victory and baseball’s best 4-0 start behind not just Harper — who fell a triple shy of the cycle — but also Zach Eflin, who tied a career-high with nine strikeouts in five scoreless innings; Jean Segura, who had three RBIs on three hits; Maikel Franco, who earned three intentional walks after crushing a home run off Max Scherzer and still singled in the ninth.

The reported attendance was 35,920 and we can assume that the vast majority of those ticket sales were to local Nats fans. But the demographics of the stadium shifted over the course of a half-hour rain delay and a three-and-a-half-hour game that took place under an icy drizzle. And by the time Vince Velasquez punched the last strikeout of the night in his 2019 debut, the remaining crowd (the people’s whose buses back to Philly wouldn’t depart until 30 minutes following the final out) broke out into an ad hoc rendition of Harry Kalas’ “High Hopes” — just like they play after every win at Citizens Bank Park.

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