The Washington Nationals won their third straight on Saturday after defeating the San Francisco Giants 3-1. However, thoughts were not on the win through the rain-delayed game. They were focused on the health of star player Bryce Harper.
Harper injured his knee as he slipped on the first base bag while running out a ground ball. He fell the ground in a heap, holding his knee in obvious agony. After being attended to by the team trainer, Harper still could not put any weight on the injured leg as he was carried off the field.
It was a surreal moment to say the least, as the rain prior to the game appeared to be a factor. For Nationals fans the somber moment was reminiscing of Wilson Ramos’ knee injury that occurred after a rain delay.
The start of the game was delayed three hours and five minutes due to rain. The game was approved to start once the rainfall ceased. Friday’s game of the three-game series — the last between the two teams — was postponed due to rain, forcing a double header on Sunday. Therefore, it was understandable that Saturday’s game would go once the rain stopped with no other date to make the game up with the two team’s schedule.
Following the win, manager Dusty Baker gave an update on Harper’s injury. His words laminated the thoughts of many Nationals faithful.
“We just ask for prayers that it’s not serious,” Baker stated per Federal Baseball’s Patrick Reddington. “We’re just urging everybody out there that are Nationals fans and baseball fans to just say a prayer for him tonight, because he was in obvious pain out there, but we’re just hoping for the best.”
When asked of if Harper said anything, Baker point to again prayer.
“No, he was in obvious pain, and he was praying, and I was praying too,” Baker said, “so, he was talking to — you know, the Master. And that’s what we usually do when things are in a bad way, so the good thing is he’s young and strong, you know what I mean, so I’m very optimistic that he’ll be at least fine shortly.”