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.
Bryce Harper stuck it to some San Francisco Giants fans during his Philadelphia Phillies’ 9-6 win at Oracle Park on Friday night.
Harper went 2-for-4 with a walk and 4 RBIs in the game. He clubbed a solo homer in the fifth and a 3-run home run in the seventh to propel his team to victory. The homers were probably sweeter than usual due to some back-and-forth with Giants fans.
After touching home plate following his first home run, he shushed the crowd.
Bryce Harper has heard a lot of boos through two nights here. He shushed the crowd after hitting a homer: pic.twitter.com/rsOfV36vHB
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) August 10, 2019
Harper has pulled the same move in the past — he did it three years ago with the Nats.
The story gets better.
As Harper was at the plate for the second home run, a Giants fan chanted “overrated.” Harper heard it and pointed at the fan after homering. It was beautiful:
— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 10, 2019
Why were Giants fans giving Harper such a hard time? Probably because the outfielder was in contract talks with San Francisco but chose to sign with the Phillies. They likely wish he were clubbing dingers for them instead.
Bryce Harper continues to show his affection toward the Philadelphia Phillies’ iconic mascot.
During his first game with the Phillies, Harper wore cleats that had the Phillie Phanatic’s face on it.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 28, 2019
A few months later, he was back at it.
During the Phillies’ game on Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harper wore a bandanna that featured the Phanatic’s huge eyes on it. It looked funny seeing him with a second set of eyes:
Bryce Harper with his Phillie Phanatic bandanna ties up the game 5-5!
Rhys Hoskins gives them 6 to 5 lead! pic.twitter.com/AsDprAyJaC
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) July 18, 2019
Harper went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. He had three multi-hit games and 7 RBIs in the four-game series against the Dodgers.