Phillies fans celebrated Bryce Harper's first home run with a raucous curtain call
On Opening Day, Bryce Harper introduced himself to Phillies fans with some stylish cleats and a deep bow in the outfield. But, as far as offense, his biggest contribution was getting intentionally walked to set up a Rhys Hoskins grand slam. As a result, fans were still eagerly awaiting his first hit -- and his first home run -- as a Phillie.
During the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Braves, that first home run arrived ... and, boy, did it ever.
According to Statcast, Harper's home run left his bat at 113.7 mph and traveled 465 feet. In layman's terms, it was crushed.
Phillies fans were appropriately impressed by Harper's monstrous home run and called him out of the dugout for a curtain call. When he emerged, they didn't hold back in sharing their love.
And Bryce responded in kind:
Madness pic.twitter.com/9UJZZmkDho— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 30, 2019
It's only been two games, but the Bryce Harper era in Philly is off to a roaring start. If it stays on its current trajectory, Harper could earn a level of reverence reserved for another No. 3 who played much of his career across the street from where Citizens Bank Park currently stands.
Eric Chesterton is a writer for MLB.com. He is an appreciator of the stolen base, the bunt against the shift and nearly every unconventional uniform design. He eagerly awaits Jamie Moyer's inevitable comeback.