Bryce Harper beats Frosty DC back home with Home Run

If you're Bryce Harper, you can not go home. If necessary, help to knock down a two-run home run out of the park.

Before Harper sent a 458-foot bomb into the cold air at Nationals Park on Tuesday night, the return home was not so attractive to the 26-year-old, 330-million-dollar man. He faced Max Scherzer, possibly the best pitcher in the league. (Some may call that bias, but Scherzer has three Cy Young Awards to back it up.)

The boos were deafening. Sitting away from the high position of the press box, where I had frequented during the last decade that I spent as a sports reporter, I witnessed first-hand the vitriol and the anger of the Washington fans.

Of course, no sports fan enjoys seeing his former star in another shirt. But one could argue that Harper's seemingly endless free agency and the decision-making process of all those who earned money brought to light the feathers of the city that once loved him. A large part of the Nationals fans see Harper as a pawn of Scott Boras who could not get what he wanted from the teams he wanted (Dodgers, Cubs, Yankees), so he settled for a short trip of 95 to say who received an additional $ 30 million. .

Harper has praised the fans of Philadelphia, has approached the theme song "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and has worked so hard to fit into the City of brotherly love. It seems that he lost all the love of the city that helped him achieve it. How did you feel last night in Washington?

A group of fans spelled "traitor" in the stands. The beer and the hot dogs were thrown in disapproval anyway when Harper approached the batter's box for the first time. When Scherzer yanked him out, a round of applause broke out.

Some fans of tonight's Nats are not lagging behind in Harper's first game.

h / t @masnNacionales

– FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 3, 2019

In the world of black and white, good versus evil, Scherzer returned the necessary heat to the hearts of the fans who endured the inclemencies of time to see Harper fall. It had to be one of the strongest demonstrations of disapproval for the return of a previous player. As noted by some Twitter users, it was possibly only surpbaded by LeBron James who returned to Cleveland as a Miami Heat player.

More than LeBron back to Cleveland the first time?

– Roy Bellamy (@roybelly) April 3, 2019

It's okay. I'm just saying there was such a bubbling vitriol in the sand that night that heavy security was essential. Even Brian Windhorst needed to be protected.

– Roy Bellamy (@roybelly) April 3, 2019

Scherzer hit Harper again for good measure, but Scherzer would eventually withdraw from the game, as did thousands of fans who felt vindicated against his new nemesis (again, it was also very cold).

But all that condescension seemed to boost Harper's confidence. Like the "mamba mentality" of the Kobe Bryant scoop, Harper used negativity as fuel to finish the night 3-for-5 with a single, double and a homer. In the true fashion of Harper, the friendly fans of Nats embraced just eight months ago when he won the Home Run Derby, the bat took a turn of 10 rotations while trotting the bases. The Phillies got their fourth win of the season.

In this story, the villain prevailed.

Bryce bowed in D.C. after hitting 2 doubles tonight

(via @Phillies)

– FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 3, 2019

Washington has two achievements left: Harper may not be Mike Trout, but he's still very good. The only man now left in the city with a real touch for theatrics resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Britt McHenry is a journalist and resides in Washington DC. Follow her on Twitter @BrittMcHenry.

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