Category Archives: Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper baptizes Kaufman Stadium in KC with a bomb

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Bryce Harper was in the midst of his worst slump in about a year’s time entering today’s afternooner in Kansas City, a game in which the Nationals bludgeoned the Royals 13-2. But Bryce got to face an old friend in Dillon Gee, and he did his friend dirty.

The home run was Harper’s 10th of the season. He’s had a knack for homering in Stephen Strasburg starts this season, and Strasburg improved to 5-0 in his own right with yet another quality start. The Nationals were clearly out for revenge after Jonathan Papelbon blew a save in embarrassing fashion last night. The only thing keeping the Nationals from sweeps is their cancer of a closer!

It’s kind of nice seeing the Royals get knocked around like this.

Heroes don’t always come in capes

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Yesterday the legend of Bryce Harper continued to take shape. He had the day off yesterday, and was called upon by his skipper Dusty Baker to pinch-hit in the ninth inning with the Nationals trailing 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins and without much hope. And a note real quick, it’s dawned on me that Dusty Baker might just be the perfect manager to bring out the most in Bryce Harper.

I mean, if Harper can put up the numbers that he did in 2015 playing for a total dick like Matt Williams; just imagine what he’s going to do playing for Ol’ Dusty! It’s like pairing a guy with all the talent in the world in ring with a great mouthpiece manager in wrestling. But it’s even more dynamic than that.

So back to the no-hope thing. Harper enters the game and gets into a battle with Kevin Jepsen he will assuredly win. Jepsen is no match for the hottest hitter on the planet. And Harper hits his most dramatic home run possibly ever.

The Nationals went on to play SIXTEEN innings and win in magical fashion on a Chris Heisey walk-off home run. The box score is something to marvel at.

On a wild day in baseball where a lot of bonus baseball was played, this one was possibly the one talked about most. This game began when my daughter went down for her nap, and didn’t end until after she was in bed. Baseball is neat like that.

When it comes to Bryce Harper, Tom Koehler may never learn We already wrote this headline – Tom Koehler gave up another Bomb to Bryce Harper by golly

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When Tom Koehler finally retires or is forced to leave the game, Bryce Harper may very well owe him something for all he’s done for his career.

It was Koehler who started Harper’s season-long rampage in 2015 with a three-homer game. That was Harper’s breakout moment if there was one.

Then again at the end of July in Miami, Koehler served up two more.

You have to give Koehler credit. He’s nothing if not stubborn. Yesterday, he tried to sneak another fastball past Harper, and it is locked-in Harper we have to thank for a nice look at the forage in centerfield at Marlins Park.

It was Harper’s eighth home run of the young season and his sixth in his career off Koehler. The Nationals won the game 5-1.

Bryce Harper gets his second Grand Slam in about a week

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Bryce Harper is truly an every night, human highlight reel. It seems like this was the moment when I noticed a lot of chatter of Bryce Harper passing up Mike Trout. I don’t know about all that, but it was just over a week ago that Bryce Harper had no grand slams. He now has two. This one iced out the Marlins in Miami.

It was his seventh home run of the young season. The Nationals won the game 7-0, and Stephen Strasburg sparkled. This one came off poor lefty one out man who didn’t get the out, Chris Narveson!

Bryce Harper with a dramatic Sunday homer in Philly, in futility

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This was to be the statement comeback game of the year so far in 2016 for the Nationals. This was supposed to be where they overcame the deficit and won the game on the back of the best player in baseball, after he homered on a rocket to right center on a full count pitch to put the Nationals ahead 2-1 in the top of the ninth. The Nats were going to steal this one on getaway day, after Bryce Harper’s sixth home run. That would be the headline.

That is, until their bad ju-ju closer Jonathan Papelbon would enter the game and blow it in the bottom of the ninth.

Bryce Harper baptized not-for-long closer Jeanmar Gomez with a home run in the ninth inning, for his sixth of the year. It was the fourth straight game he had homered and I don’t even know how many straight at Citizens Bank Park, a streak that will ride into the next time he plays at this park.

The Nationals lost the game 3-2 and went to 9-2 instead of a shiny 10-1. But Bryce Harper is proving he’s the most difficult out since Barry Bonds.

I will never understand for the life of me why the Nationals felt the need to retain this slug. He is a true POS. He will rear his ugly head again in a big, much more costly spot. You watch.

Bryce Harper just keeps homering in Philadelphia

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Bryce Harper homered for the third straight game on Saturday evening. Before we had time to live our life and get the post live on our site, he hit another one Sunday. We simply cannot keep up right now. We say it every day. But we won’t complain. We LOVE Bryce Harper home runs.

This was career bomb number 102, and it came in a runaway Nationals 8-1 victory in Philadelphia.

This came off promising young Phillies starter Aaron Nola. At least, he was promising until he was de-pants’d by this bomb. Who knows what could happen now. This was Bryce Harper’s 10th career home run at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark.

This was bomb number five on the season. If they don’t start walking him, he’s going to hit 50+. And spoiler alert, he gets one again on Sunday if you’re one of those read-ahead type folks. We’ll be doing another one of these tomorrow.

Bryce Harper’s 101st career home run

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Bryce Harper is hitting them at such a pace, we cannot keep up. And there’s another one of these posts already coming tomorrow.

The Nationals won on Jackie Robinson Day 9-1. Bryce Harper honored the man who wore 42 by slugging his fourth home run of the season off Brett Oberholtzer – who is hardly the sexiest pitcher Harper has hit one off of.

Here’s Harper ‘shooting a cripple’ as they say:

And man, does Harper love hitting in Philadelphia. This was the ninth career home run he’s hit in Philly. He sees the ball extremely well there.

The Nationals are off and running to an 8-1 start. Harper had three hits total on the day. He’s the closest thing to Barry Bonds we’ve seen since Bonds himself.

Bryce Harper’s 100th career home run is a Grand Salami

You knew after having this decal on his bat knob (how awesome is Bryce Harper for using an emoji on a damn bat), that he wouldn’t be stuck on 99 career home runs for long. He was simply waiting on one of his old rivals; Julio Teheran, to bring out the very best in him.

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It was Harper’s fifth career home run off Julio Teheran. He has now hit five off Teheran and five off Tom Koehler, the most against any pitcher in baseball.

Here is Harper’s 100th regular season homer, in grand fashion:

And it seems like just yesterday that we started doing these posts when Harper launched his first one back in 2012 against the San Diego Padres at Nats Park. MLB.com was nice enough to put a video together of every one of Bryce Harper’s home runs.

The Nationals won this game 7-2 behind seven-plus strong innings from Stephen Strasburg.

With many players, it’s hard to say if they’ll hit hundreds more. With Harper, you know we’re going to be doing about 400 more of these posts, which is astounding.

Bryce Harper knows how to honor an Opener in Washington

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The Nationals might have dropped their home opener to the Marlins – which with the state Miami is in as an organization is something of a black eye – but Bryce Harper did something he’s been doing so frequent it’s becoming boring.

Harper hit his second home run of the season, and 99th of his young career off Bryan Morris in the bottom of the 7th inning. It isn’t a shot that will stand out in Harper’s career; but it was off the facade in the second deck at Nationals Park which is no cheapie for the mortal man.

In some ways it’s seemed like a long journey, in some ways it’s seemed overnight. But the next post we do like this will be Bryce Harper’s 100th career long ball at the age of 23. It probably comes before the weekend is over (like, why the Hell did MLB schedule Bryce Harper off on a Friday night? There’s no excuse!)

In Honor of Opening Day, Bryce Harper homers again

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Bryce Harper loves Opening Day, and he even loves Julio Teheran more. When those two things come together, it’s like a magical conjunction for the 23-year old phenom. In his first at-bat of the 2016 campaign, Harper started off just as he did last year homering off Bartolo Colon.

He worked an excellent at bat and capped it off with another home run in his short but illustrious career. It was the fourth home run he’s hit on Opening Day in his career. He has this act down.

The Nationals won the game 4-3 in 10 innings, rallying to tie it at 3-3 in the ninth off Atlanta’s embattled closer, Jason Grilli. Here’s to making 49 more of these posts this year.

The season has ended, before it did Bryce Harper dealt one more fatal blow to the Mets

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Saturday was a special day for the Nationals, even if it were in futility. Bryce Harper connected with his 42nd and final home run of 2015, a game winning titanic blast to right field that won the Nationals the game 3-1. He ended the season on 99 RBI, 42 home runs, and a .330 batting average.

Of course, in the nightcap Max Scherzer had one of the most dominating pitching performances ever in getting his second no-hitter of the year.

But for me, the moment of the day was a limping Bryce Harper (he took a Noah Syndergaard 96 mph fastball off the shin earlier in this game) getting off the mat to take an MVP hack and win his team one more ballgame.

An Excellent Chronicle of the Washington Nationals Nightmare Season

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It’s funny because a lot of individuals out there who weren’t following along closely are acting like Jonathan Papelbon choking Bryce Harper the other day was the end of the Nationals season. The Nationals were of course; already done at that point. The seeds that grew were planted so long ago. As Walter White says early on in Breaking Bad to show future foreshadowing that leads to his fateful collapse; “The reaction, has begun”.

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post has a really good write up with lots of nuggets and details in between that much of the public was not privy to. It’s a great read.

You read through this article and you suddenly realize; most of the guys in this clubhouse had everything on their minds except winning ballgames. It’s really a great look into the eye of the tiger – and what you see is a bunch of guys worried about their numbers, their contract, their marketability, their image. All led by a manager who was probably the worst in baseball at doing the one thing a manager should do; build a little chemistry and environment and not screw it up too much. What a complete dumpster fire.

And I maintain what I said on twitter the night the Nationals made the move to trade for Jonathan Papelbon. It was the poison pill, the death blow. I told a friend that if I had a team of most hated players in the history of the game, Jonathan Papelbon could be the only guy who would close for that club. What a loser.

Bryce Harper homers for the 41st time in 2015

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Bryce Harper took a thunderous cut, and if you watch the pitcher after this swing, he knew he had just made a fatal mistake that he would not live to tell about again on this day. It landed in the deck above the right field bullpen at Nationals park, Harper’s 41st home run of his incredible age-22 season.

He’s hitting .340 on the year with a 9.4 fWAR. His OPS is 1.138. If Harper never again replicates a season like this, it’s been one of legendary stature and he’s went out and showed out in 2015. He’s a home run behind Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis for the MLB lead.

Bryce Harper joins the 40 home run club

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Bryce Harper made history this evening in Philadelphia with his FOURTH home run of a three game series. It’s the first 40 home run season of his career at age 22. It’s pretty neat to have seen hime evolve as the kid on the cover of Sports Illustrated to overcome some of the frustrating struggles of his first two seasons, and now into the 40 home run monster and league MVP he has become.

The blast was a long titanic clout pop fly to right center.

So the next milestone would be a 10 fWAR season. Can he get there? We like his odds.