Bryce Harper savors possible home finale at Nationals Park

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Washington Nationals Bryce Harper (34) bows his head and raise his arms with clenched fists as the Nationals celebrate and bid goodbye to their fans ending their last home game of the season with a 9-3 rain delayed win against the Miami Marlins in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Washington Nationals Bryce Harper (34) bows his head and raise his arms with clenched fists as the Nationals celebrate and bid goodbye to their fans ending their last home game of the season with a 9-3 rain delayed win against the Miami Marlins in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Wednesday wasn’t just the last home game of the season for the Washington Nationals.

It was possibly the last home game at Nationals Park for outfielder Bryce Harper. Harper was drafted by the Nationals in 2010 and will be one of the biggest free agents this year.

Harper’s moment

Multiple teams have already been linked to Harper – the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Atlanta Braces among them – even though he said in an interview that he would love to resign with the Nationals.

Still, if Wednesday was his swan song , Harper made sure to enjoy himself.

He was in his red and white uniform almost 4 hours ahead of the game and reaffirmed his love for the city.

“This is my home. This is my city. Of course I root for the Golden Knights, and I root for Duke and I root for the Cowboys and things like that, but I’m a Washington National. At the end of the day, I love this city.” Harper said.

On Thursday morning, Harper posted nine photos to Instagram, each with the same caption: “To the fans and the city of DC, thank you!” Each photo contains a different piece of a single image. When you look at all nine photos together on Harper’s Instagram profile page, this is what they look like.

Bryce Harper’s Instagram tribute to Nationals fans. (Instagram)
Bryce Harper’s Instagram tribute to Nationals fans. (Instagram)

Nationals fans celebrate

Harper wasn’t the only one enjoying the moment though.

Despite the rain, fans were there to cheer for their team and their star. There was the sign that begged for an eight-year contract extension for Harper – even though he said he’d prefer a slightly longer one.

Then he bowed when he came onto the field. The crowd reciprocated with a standing ovation for their outfielder for his first at bat.

Unfortunately he went 0-4 at the plate, but that didn’t stop fans from trying to convince him to stay. young boy made a case for Harper to stay in D.C. saying that baseball there just wasn’t the same without him and that the city and team needed everything he brings – from his spirit to his power to his bat.

If reasoning doesn’t work, they tried to beg, shouting “Stay, Bryce, Stay!” when he came to say farewell.

Victor Robles steals Harper’s thunder

Washington Nationals Victor Robles (16) swings his bat and misses during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Washington Nationals Victor Robles (16) swings his bat and misses during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

It was Harper’s night to celebrate, but Victor Robles, the 21 year-old outfielder, stole some of the headlines.

Unlike Harper who went 0-4, Robles went 4-for-4 with a double, a three-run home-run and 5 RBI in the first five innings.

Robles, who is tabbed as Harper’s replacement and a key player in the Nationals’ future, finished the game 4-for-5. He’s the second Nationals’ player this season to have that kind of night along with teammate Juan Soto.

The pair had six of the twelve hits on Wednesday in 9-3 win over the Marlins – a good sign for the Nationals that even if Harper, their celebrated All-Star, will be playing for another team next season, there’s some more stars in the making.

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