Bryce Harper: Top 10 Moments with the Washington Nationals
By Blake Finney
10 – Walk-off homer against the Phillies
We start the list with one of the five walk-off homers Bryce Harper has hit for the Washington Nationals. It’s one of only two on this list, but it’s significant given that it’s the only one he’s hit with his team behind compared to level.
In his Nats career so far, the team’s motto in this type of situation was always “Get Bryce to the plate”. In this situation, he showed exactly why that was the case.
After Blake Treinen had allowed the go-ahead run to the Philadelphia Phillies in the top of the inning, it looked as though the Nats would be dropping back to .500 at 6-6 early in the season. Chris Heisey and Adam Eaton were able to get on base which got Harper to the plate with two outs.
Then on a 3-2 count, he drilled a ball to deep centerfield that cleared the fence at the deepest part of the ballpark. The fans in the stands were sent home happy as they got one over their division rivals and it was the start of yet another fantastic season for the superstar outfielder.
2017 will always be a what-if type of year for Harper, who could very easily have won MVP were it not for his rain-induced injury late in the season. Aside from a postseason moment that you may or may not see later in this list, this was arguably the best moment of his season.
This is a pretty high standard to get us underway on Harper’s best moments with the Nats. If anything, it just goes to show how many standout moments he had during his time in Washington.