Bryce Harper is a great baseball player. That really can’t be argued. However, when you make the money Harper does (over $300 million in his last contract deal) fans sometimes get a bit on edge when you are struggling.
Last night in the game against the Chicago Cubs, Harper told a fan exactly what he thought of him after the fan heckled Harper as he was walking back to the dugout. Little did the heckler know, Harper was on the verge of making Phillies history!
Harper has been struggling
In fairness to the fan giving Bryce Harper the business, Harper has struggled a bit this season – but not terribly. Harper is only hitting .250 in 2019. However, he has hit 25 home runs and driven in 87 RBI to date.
While those numbers are far from awful, when you sign a $330 million-dollar deal, fans expect a lot from you. As in a lot! In Harper’s defense, no one can get on base every time up. It is impossible. However, on Thursday evening Bryce Harper had the last laugh.
A heckler told Bryce Harper he was "$330M, 0-for-3."
Harper told him to "shut the f–k up"…and then hit a walk-off grand slam 🤫
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 16, 2019
Last night was arguably Harper’s biggest hit of the season, but before he smashed the ball into the night sky, he told a heckler “shut the f**k up” as he walked back to the dugout.
Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish was lights out against the Phillies. When he left the game in the 7th inning, he had to expect to be the winner. Darvish struck out 10 while blanking the Phillies through 7 complete. However, the bullpen let him down, and Bryce Harper was ready to be a hero.
BRYCE HARPER, YOU ARE THE MAN!
— MLB (@MLB) August 16, 2019
Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Harper came to the plate with the bases loaded and 1 out. Harper crushed the ball well over the right-field wall for a walk-off game-winning grand slam giving the Phillies the 7-5 win.
Who knows. Maybe the fan who clearly uttered the words “$330 million, 0-for-3,” on Thursday night lit a fire under Harper when he came to the plate in the final inning.