With runners on second and third in the bottom of the first, the Phillies' slugger blasted a line drive to right field that got out in a hurry. It's a sight Nationals fans are all too familiar with.
FIRST BRYCE BOMB OF THE YEAR!— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) July 26, 2020
Harper with a three-run shot out to right field and the Phillies lead it 3-0. pic.twitter.com/wJIwIBJUHx
Harper had struggled through his first two games of the season, going 1-for-5 against the Marlins with five strikeouts. His first hit of the year came on his last at-bat Saturday night, so it appears he's starting to see the ball a better.
Part of the reason Harper chose Philadelphia, you know, besides the $330 million contract, was the hitter-friendly right-field fence. Former Phillies and Nats star Jayson Werth has said Citizens Bank Park's short right porch frequently had him thinking Harper would end up a Phillie.
Harper saw the results in 2019 when he hit 35 home runs despite slumping through most of the early stages of the year. The only season he hit more dingers in Washington was his MVP campaign in 2015 (42).
A shortened season will certainly hurt his season total when it's all said and done, but it wouldn't be surprising to see some lofty numbers from Harper at least through the first half of his 13-year deal with Philly.
But that's okay for Nats fans, who will always have a 2019 World Series championship to harp back on whenever the six-time All-Star does anything notable.
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Bryce Harper blasts first home run of 2020 vs. Marlins originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington