Harper crushed a monster home run and celebrated with an epic bat flip.
Bryce Harper might have been booed in his return to Nationals Park on Tuesday night, but he eventually found a way to quiet the jeers.
Harper crushed a monster home run to the second deck in right-center field during the eighth inning of the Phillies' matchup against the Nationals. The former Washington outfielder sent the ball 458 feet and celebrated with a crazy bat flip that sent Twitter into a frenzy.
Phillies fans sitting in right field erupted into loud cheers over the outfielder's big homer and started chanting "We got Harper!"
Harper was booed during his earlier at-bats in his first return to Washington, D.C. since signing a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies in February. Some Nationals fans also defaced their Harper jerseys and wore them to the game to taunt the franchise's former star.
However, Harper got the last laugh. He went 3-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBIs on Tuesday night in the Phillies' 8–2 win over the Nationals. Philadelphia improved to 4–0 for the first time since 1915.
“I feel like it’s a little different coming back here and getting booed,” Harper told reporters postgame. “But for me it’s exactly like going to another ballpark and facing somebody that’s lights-out electric like Max.
“I go out there and try to play my game and just understand that I have teammates in that dugout that are going to pull for me every single day. I have the city of Philadelphia behind me each and every night. If I have that then nothing else matters to me.”