Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had a brain fart on Tuesday night that his teammates won’t soon let him forget. In the bottom of the eighth with the Nats leading 8-6, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. flew out to left for the second out of the inning. And Harper started jogging toward the dugout.
Harper clearly thought he had secured the third out before quickly realizing no one else was moving and trying to play it off. Unfortunately for him, everyone from the fans in attendance to his teammates noticed. Fellow outfielders Denard Span and Jayson Werth covered their mouths with their gloves and burst out laughing.
The good news is there were no runners on base, so Harper’s mental lapse didn’t cost the team. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro probably wishes he could have said the same a few weeks back.