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Bryce Harper rocked #RIPHarambe on his bat knobs during batting practice

Game 5 of the NLDS. Winner goes to the Championship Series to face the Cubs, loser goes home for the long, cold winter -- eating cartons of ice cream on the couch while thinking about everything that went wrong. It's a time when a team has to pull out all the stops. Anything that can help stave off elimination. 

Bryce Harper, with his Nats facing the Dodgers in Thursday's Game 5, knew this. So, the 23-year-old decided to call upon a higher virtue, a superior being: he anointed his bats the power of Harambe during BP:

We'll keep everyone updated on whether Harambper has a big game at the plate. As of this writing, the Nats are winning, 1-0.

UPDATE: Harper didn't seem to be using #RIPHarambe on his bats during the actual game, let's hope it was simply a mistake.

Even with Harambe power, the Nats lost, 4-3, and L.A. advanced to the NLCS. Game 1 against the Cubs will be played Saturday night (8 p.m. ET/5 PT, FS1) at Wrigley Field in Chicago.