Phillies’ Bryce Harper Upset Over Heckling From Nationals Fans

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Philadelphia Phillies’ superstar slugger Bryce Harper is upset and calling out some Washington Nationals fans saying that a number of fans crossed the line when heckling him during the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game.

While Harper, who signed with the Phillies during the offseason after spending his entire career with the Nationals, didn’t provide any details as to what was said, he wasn’t happy.

“They were fine all game, talking about myself and things like that,” Harper said. “I get it everywhere I go. That’s nothing new.

“But the last two innings, it’s just not right. It’s not right.”

“I’ve got 60,000 fans up in Philly that appreciate me as a player, appreciate me as an individual and my family,” Harper said. “I owe a lot to those people up there in Philly, because they show up for me every single night and they’re there to cheer us on and boo us and keep us going as a team and as individuals, as well.”

It’s hard not to understand why Nationals’ fans would be upset with Harper, who left the team to sign a massive13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies, and they have showered him with boos during every at bat, with a number of Nationals fans wearing white shirts that spelled out T-R-A-I-T-O-R.

Leaving the team that has made you the face of their franchise for several years for a rival isn’t exactly going to endear you to fans.

For what it’s worth, Nationals fans can be happy knowing that their team is heading to the playoffs, while Harper and the Phillies are sitting around .500 and will be watching the playoffs at home.