The Wilson Beacon

Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

Back to Article
Back to Article

Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

Photo Courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies

Photo Courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies

Photo Courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies

Jacques Nissen

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Following Bryce Harper’s decision to leave the Washington Nationals and join the Philadelphia Phillies on a 13-year, $330 million deal, many Nats fans were outraged. So when Harper visited Nats park a mere week into the season, it was not surprising to see him showered in boos by his once-faithful DC crowd.

As crazy as it might sound, Nats fans should actually root for Bryce Harper. That does not mean cheering for him as he steps up to the plate at Nats Park, but simply rooting for him to have a long and successful career. The main reason to support Harper is simple: it is good for the game of baseball. As has been the case for the past 20 years, baseball is dying. The sport has by far the highest average age of fans of any of the major American sports and is failing to attract younger audiences.

When comparing other popular sports to baseball, you can immediately see how removed baseball is from the national media. While Zion Williamson and Patrick Mahomes are household names, not many casual fans know who Ronald Acuña is outside of Atlanta. So when stars like Harper come along, baseball needs for these stars to succeed in order to remain entertaining and attract new fans. Harper, in particular, has made it a goal of his to “make baseball fun again,” citing the lack of expression in baseball.

And Harper has certainly accomplished his goal of making baseball more entertaining. In the first month of his career, after being drilled in the back by Phillies starter Cole Hamels, Harper responded by stealing home. Furthermore, Harper’s triumph in the 2018 Home Run Derby at Nats Park is a moment that will remain etched in the minds of many DC baseball fans. And of course, Harper had some memorable quotes during his tenure in DC, including “That’s a clown question, bro” and “Where’s my ring?”

The case to root against Harper comes almost exclusively from his landing spot: Philadelphia. The Phillies have been a rival of the Nationals since the Nats moved into town in 2005, but the rivalry stepped up a notch in the early part of this decade, when Philly fans would routinely make the two-hour drive south and invade Nats Park, due in no small part to the Nats’ former owner, Stan Kasten, inviting Philly fans in to help struggling attendance numbers.

Harper’s decision to go to Philadelphia is definitely a slap in the face of DC fans, especially considering that his contract contains no “opt-outs” that would allow him to leave before the end of his 13-year agreement. Harper has committed his career to Philadelphia, and Philadelphia has committed a large portion of their payroll to him.

Despite Harper’s decision to leave the District, Nats fans should hope that Harper continues to be a star in this league, simply because stars are good for the league. In Philadelphia, the second-largest single-team market in the MLB, Harper should be in a perfect situation to ascend as a player, while also bringing the prominence of the sport along with him.

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    AOTM: Autumn Young

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    The hidden beauty of DCPS baseball

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Minor setback for a major comeback: Tigers share their experiences with injuries

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Attagirl: Paloma Benach steps up to the plate

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Running up a bill: Tenley Tiger Run

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Who’s in those shoes?

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Wilson tennis hopes to serve up wins

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Behind the Madness: how Wilson picks brackets

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Guiding the grind: Sports philosophy at Wilson

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Who’s in those shoes? Chad Rockingham

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Krispy Kash: Making dough from donuts

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    #RUNTHISTOWN follows Wilson basketball’s rise

  • Sports

    Photo Gallery: Wilson vs. Sidwell in the DCSAA Championship

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Beyond the track: what it takes to be a Wilson runner

  • Sports

    New year, new Nadira Ricks

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Kicking with Reese Hinkle

  • Sports

    Athletic department scrambles to find coaches

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Wear and tear brings locker room despair

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    Wilson flag football hopes to secure DCIAA title

  • Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper

    Sports

    AOTM – Adam Friedman

Navigate Right
The Student News Site of Woodrow Wilson Senior High School
Why Nats fans should still root for Bryce Harper