The Miami Marlins used the final game of the regular season as an opportunity to get in one last troll job.
The Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 to finish 57-105 on the year, while the Phillies finished 81-81. Bryce Harper went 2-for-5 in the game with a strikeout in the seventh.
Here’s the tweet they sent:
How we longed to see these things pic.twitter.com/a4ASuuEdeH
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 29, 2019
The tweet seems innocent, right? Think again.
The “how we longed to see these things” was a reference to a March 23 Instagram post by Harper in which he said “How I longed to see these things; how I longed to see the Liberty Bell and party on the streets where Bobby Clarke, Nick “BD” Foles, and Chase Utley had partied!”
The Marlins continue to crush on Twitter with some truly funny stuff. Their social media team has racked up many more wins than the baseball club this season, that’s for sure.
Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals in free agency earlier this year to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, and his hope was to beat out his former team within the NL East every season. So far, the plan worked out completely the opposite way.
Not only did the Nationals clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday, but they did so by beating the Phillies 4-1, eliminating Philly from the playoff race in the process. Adding insult to the matter, the Nationals won the second game of the doubleheader 6-5.
After the doubleheader was completed, Harper spoke with reporters and said he had no hard feelings towards his former team.
Bryce Harper said there was no extra sting watching the Nats clinch on the same day his new team got eliminated (via @matt_breen).
"I have no hard feelings toward them at all. They’re a great team. They’re a great organization. That’s why they’re at where they are right now."
— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) September 25, 2019
That’s a nice thing for Harper to say, and maybe fine to say publicly, but Philly fans won’t like it. They want Harper to be a dedicated Phillie, one who only wants his team winning and at the expense of the Nats.
Harper is batting .258 with 34 home runs this season. He’s had an OK year, but did not produce nearly the way he or the Phillies want him to. They need him to deliver like an MVP candidate. He does that, and the Phillies are closer to being a playoff team rather than a .500 squad.
Bryce Harper avoided a serious injury despite being hit by a pitch on the hand Friday night.
Harper was hit by a Steven Matz pitch in the top of the third inning of his Philadelphia Phillies’ 5-4 loss to the New York Mets. He went down in pain but remained in the game for the rest of the half inning before being replaced in the field.
— Philly Influencer (@PHL_Influencer) September 7, 2019
X-rays on Harper’s hand were negative, but according to Phillies reporter Matt Breen, Harper is unsure if he will be able to play on Saturday.
Bryce Harper’s X-Rays were negative. His right hand was wrapped up and he’s unsure if he’ll be able to play on Saturday night. He said he couldn’t grip the bat after being hit tonight.
— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) September 7, 2019
Harper is batting .254 with an .869 OPS this season, his first with the Phillies. He’s on pace for his most strikeouts in a single season.
Bryce Harper became a father for the first time when his son was born last week.
Harper and his wife Kayla introduced Krew Aron to the world via an Instagram post.
Harper went on the paternity list and was present for his son’s birth on Aug. 22. He then missed the Philadelphia Phillies’ next three games before returning on Monday.
Not only did Harper homer in his first game back, but he also honored his son in another way. Harper had “KREW” written on the knob of his bat.
Bryce Harper put his new born baby son’s name – Krew – on his bat! @bryceharper3 used the bat to HR in his 1st game back from paternity leave to help the Phillies eventually win the game!
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) August 27, 2019
That’s a pretty cool tribute to his son.
Harper is batting .255 with an .869 OPS this season, his first with the Phillies. Philly is 69-63 and looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Philadelphia Phillies fans panicked a bit when outfielder Bryce Harper was removed from Sunday’s game after the fifth inning without explanation, but the ailment is minor.
Harper was removed from the game with dehydration, according to the team, which signifies no real concern.
Harper left the game with dehydration, per the Phillies.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) August 18, 2019
Sunday’s temperature hovered around 90 degrees in Philadelphia, which was probably a factor in what happened. The Phillies don’t play again until Tuesday, so there’s no reason to believe he’ll miss any further time as a result.
Harper has been heating up lately, hitting .292 with seven home runs in his last 12 games. Maybe it’s because he’s gotten a bit of his swagger back in recent weeks.
Philadelphia Phillies fans have been frustrated with Bryce Harper this season, but the slugger made them forget about that when he launched a walk-off grand slam on Thursday night. The exchange Harper had with a heckler behind the dugout not long before belting the homer had to have made it feel even better.
After Harper grounded out with the Phillies trailing the Chicago Cubs 5-0 in the eighth inning, a fan sitting behind the home dugout shouted “$330 million, 0-for-3” at him. Rather than ignore it, Harper told the fan to “shut the f— up.”
A heckler told Bryce Harper he was "$330M, 0-for-3."
Harper told him to "shut the f–k up"…and then hit a walk-off grand slam
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 16, 2019
At the time, it looked like that might be Harper’s last at-bat of yet another disappointing night. But the Phillies rallied back, and Harper had his best moment of the season with a walk-off grand slam the following inning.
Harper is hitting just .253 this season and has not lived up to expectations, so being able to silence one of his critics had to have felt great. He recently stuck it to a fan on the road after belting a home run, and you know he feeds off of being doubted. Fans in Philly might want to keep that in mind as the team makes a playoff push.
Bryce Harper reminded Philadelphia Phillies fans why the team invested so much money in him when he belted a walk-off grand slam on Thursday night, and he was so jacked up that he decided to sprint around the bases. Harper’s wife Kayla says she has never seen that from her husband before, but she enjoyed it immensely.
After Harper’s moonshot gave the Phillies a 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs, Kayla playfully mocked him on Twitter over the “grinch like sprint.”
Never have I ever seen him do this grinch like sprint but it’s a vibe I never knew I needed. https://t.co/kIYo3kcT9r
— Kayla Harper (@kayyharper8) August 16, 2019
Harper has irritated opponents in the past with his savage bat flips, but there’s not much you can say about a guy running close to full speed around the bases after a walk-off homer.
The Phillies have underachieved this season and Harper is hitting just .253, so you can understand why he wanted to get back to home plate as quickly as possible to celebrate the biggest moment of the year. Don’t look now, but they may finally be starting to feel it in Philly.