Bryce Harper Look-alike Goes Viral in Phillies' Win Over Padres

A man seated behind home plate at Petco Park caught the attention of the Phillies broadcast for his close resemblance to Bryce Harper during Philadelphia's win on Friday night.
A man seated behind home plate at Petco Park caught the attention of the Phillies broadcast for his close resemblance to Bryce Harper during Philadelphia's win on Friday night. /

MLB fans watching the broadcast of the Philadelphia Phillies' 9-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night may have thought their eyes were playing tricks on them when the camera panned to the Petco Park seats behind home plate, focusing on a man who very closely resembled Phillies star Bryce Harper.

But it was no trick of the eyes.

The man appeared to be the closest thing to Harper's doppelganger, leading to some amusing commentary from Phillies' play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy and color analyst John Kruk on the NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcast.

Check out the funny moment, courtesy of Rob Friedman on X, formerly Twitter.

Kruk wondered what one of the fans, who apparently yelled something at Harper, could possibly be saying to the Phillies star. Then, McCarthy pointed out that the fan was likely informing Harper of his friend's close resemblance to the Phillies slugger, joking that it was "doppelganger night at the ballpark."

"Bryce is so good, he can hit and sit in the stands and watch at the same dang time," Kruk said, tongue-in-cheek.

Harper went 1-for-5 in the Phillies' victory, homering for the second consecutive game since returning from paternity leave. Oh, and he managed to be in two places at once.


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Tim Capurso

TIM CAPURSO

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