Bryce Harper after hitting walk-off HR: ‘Just trying to be like John Wall’
Bryce Harper jacked his second walk-off home run of the season Saturday night. With a runner on base, Harper lifted a 95 miles per hour fastball from Philadelphia Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos over the centerfield wall to cap the Nationals rally 6-4.
Harper’s blast occurred a night after Washington Wizards star John Wall sank a deep three pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining to lift his team past the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to force a Game 7. The moment on Friday night created a magical moment for the city, as Wall stood on top of the city.
Wall’s epic moment drew the notice of Harper who tweeted his D.C. brethren while watching him in action. Then after hitting his walk-off homer on Saturday, Harper acknowledged Wall again.
“Just trying to be like John Wall, walk them off a little bit,” Harper said per Mark Zuckerman of MASN.
Harper’s tip of the hat may just officially stamp the fact Wall owns the key to the city now. His big time shot will live in Washington sports allure. Meanwhile, Harper just agreed to a one-year deal for 2018 season that will pay him $21.65 million, making him the highest-paid arbitration-eligible player in MLB history.
With Wall and Harper shining reminds many fans of the changing of the guard in D.C. They’re moments come just days after the Capitals failed to reach the NHL Conference Finals after losing in Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The loss may have signaled the end of an era with Alex Ovechkin being the centerpiece of both a franchise and a city.