Bryce Harper showed Red Sox fans that he's from Philly and boos are his fuel
When Bryce Harper committed to spending 13 seasons in Philadelphia over the offseason, he sent a message that he was fine getting booed. He obviously did his research and knew what he was getting into.
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Harper gets booed at home because Philadelphia can be like that sometimes. But, it's on the road where fans really let him have it. On Wednesday night, the Phillies were in Boston, and Red Sox fans laid it on thick each time he stepped to the plate -- you could tell that it was Harper's turn at-bat without even having to look.
Harper's response: A home run over the Green Monster. When will these fans learn?
According to Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, the team's superstar had some hecklers as well. "There were some hecklers," Kapler said. "I don't know if they were Red Sox [fans] or who they were, but they were on him pretty good up until that moment."
It's probably time for opposing fans to try a different tactic because this one is clearly not working very well. Maybe the silent treatment would be more effective.
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.