Bryce Harper

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2019 Opening Day

It was a party.

March 29, 2019 - 9:39 am

And then there was Opening Day. And that means it is time for everyone to freak out about a single game. And jump to conclusions after 9 innings of a nearly 1,500 inning season. And for people to make that oh-so hilarious joke about half the teams going 162-0 and about Joc Pederson being on pace to hit 324 home runs this year.

Get it? Joc Pederson hit two yesterday, so that means he’s on pace to hit two in every game. HEYYY-OOOO. It’s a scream, every single time. That joke is about as fresh as a Toledo news team saying to eat a Gucci breakfast.

And if Pederson is on pace to hit 324 home runs this season, the Dodgers are on pace to hit 1,296 and that’s probably a record. In fact, it would break the record the Yankees set last year by more than one thousand bombs. 

I don’t know if they can keep on hitting 8 home runs a game, but I will say what the Dodgers and Diamondbacks did yesterday was a damn impressive way to start the season. An MLB record 8 home runs on Opening Day.

Not combined. Well, technically, it was combined. The Dodgers hit 8 home runs and the Diamondbacks gave up 8 home runs. Joc Pederson, 2. Enrique Hernandez, 2. Austin Barnes, 1. Corey Seager, 1. Max Muncy, 1. Cody Bellinger, 1.

That is an absolute joke. There are teams that will struggle to get eight hits in a game this year, and the Dodgers just smoked eight home runs right out of the gate.

And as long as we’re talking about guys smoking things out of the gate, there was Yankees first baseman Luke Voit, picking up where he left off last year. He made his debut in August last year and from that point on, he had the second highest O.P.S. in baseball. And here’s what he did in his first at-bat

But of course, the only first at-bat that mattered was Bryce Harper’s. You think that city and that fanbase was amped? Quest love was spinning tunes outside the park. It was a party. In Philadelphia. In March.

Everyone was waiting to see what kind of a reception he would get in Philadelphia and if you saw him take the field that was answered in a heartbeat. First off, he broke out a pair of Philly Phanatic green cleats. Then there was the standing ovation when the lineups were introduced, and then another ovation when he got to right field.

And then he came up for his first at-bat, it was even louder.

He went hitless. But even going hitless, he made an impact. Because in the bottom of the 7th, with two runners on, Atlanta chose to intentionally walk Harper to face Rhys Hoskins. That did not go well.

And yes, there were some boos when Harper after he struck out for the second time in the game. And that immediately had people jumping on twitter to say that Phillies fans already hated Bryce. And that it was Philly Fan was going Philly Fan. And that Bryce would never last there.

And that’s a joke. A total joke.

Because the booing was the joke. Philly fans aren’t bent with Bryce. Not after one game. That’s not Philly Fan going Philly Fan, that’s Philly Fan playing Philly Fan. That’s an act. They’re going full meta. They are in on the joke. So don’t come in here and tell me they’re pissed at Bryce already. Not with the way they greeted him. Now, if he’s still batting .000 in June, those boos won’t be a joke.