PHILADELPHIA – In his Philadelphia Phillies debut on Thursday, Bryce Harper looked and looked like a $ 330 million man. He wore fluorescent green shoes that paid tribute to Phanatic, bowing to fans who sang his name before the first game of the season, and threw a ball on the bleachers for the perfect souvenir of Opening Day.
The only thing missing was the hits.
Harper went into his first game with the Phillies, who collapsed anyway in a 1
Harper enjoyed his trot at the bases, thrusting with his custom cleats and dirt on the first run of many in a Phillies uniform. When Harper signed a $ 13 million and $ 330 million Phillies contract in early March, he said he wanted to stay in Philadelphia for the rest of his career.
Bryce Harper strikes twice to run, run and run records in his first game with the Phillies in their 10: 4 win on opening day against Atlanta.
The city caught up with him immediately. From Reading Terminal Market to South Philly and beyond, fans wore the # 3 Harper jersey, which Major League Baseball once called the brand's top-selling sport, though Harper spent less than a month in Philadelphia. They called his name – "Harper, Harper, Harper" – and itched as he started his sixth career prelude to opening day.
His first assignment with Philadelphia, after seven seasons with divisional rival Washington, will come soon. In his first round with 44,469 attacks Harper rolled over the first base with a Julio Tehran slider. Despite incredible successes against Tehran – Harper came into play with more home runs and a higher OPS against him than any other pitcher in baseball – as he drove through an 84 mph slider for the second beat and a 91 mph fastball to finish to complete the third.
Only before his fourth time did he add substance – and even then it was a long way from the storybook. Harper admired the undoubtedly shot Hoskins as well as the contributions of the two new additions to Philadelphia, which appeared in front of him in the lineup: Leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen, who at his first Phillies at-bat and Jean Segura, who went 2 for 4 and two Scored runs.