Harper mashes homer, flips bat at Nats' dugout

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Bryce Harper heard the boo birds but got the last laugh in his first game back in D.C.

Battling Max Scherzer, Harper looked lost in his first two at-bats, striking out swinging while Nationals fans cheered his frustration.

But he turned the tide in his third at-bat, ripping a double to extend a Phillies' rally.

In his fourth at-bat, he hit an RBI single that scored Jean Segura. He ended up at second base and waved emphatically:

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— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) April 3, 2019

In his fifth at-bat, he leaned back and ripped his third home run of the season, blasting it 458 feet into the second deck:

We were saying Boo-ryce... pic.twitter.com/Gvo08aZykq

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 3, 2019

Trotting out of the box, he paused to flip his bat directly at the Nats dugout, a clear sign to someone:

458 feet. A bat flip toward the Nats dugout. Wow. pic.twitter.com/6HTrZfIvER

— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) April 3, 2019

It will be interesting to see if any Nats pitcher decides to buzz him with a fastball as payback for the bat flip, or if his old teammates will let him have his moment.

This is an interesting gut-check moment for Nats fans, who defended similar antics from Harper over the last seven seasons. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, it's not much fun.

Harper set the tone early for every interaction he has with the Nats over the next 13 seasons. He is embracing the villain's role.

 

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