The Washington Nationals never won a playoff series in the Bryce Harper era, but they now find themselves just one win away from reaching their first ever World Series - following an 8-1 route of the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Washington finished with a mere 82-80 record last year, and after not retaining Harper in free agency, it appeared as though the Nats' championship window had closed. Harper signed a record 13-year, $330 million contract with the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies in the offseason.
While the Nationals try to clinch their first NL pennant, Harper and the Phillies have been watching the entire postseason from home after going 81-81 -- which placed them fourth in the division.
As you'd expect, Nationals fans have wasted no time rubbing in their magical 2019 postseason success without Harper. Ahead of yesterday's Game 3 action, this fan in Washington pulled off perhaps the greatest Harper troll job to date.
Spotted at Nationals Park for NLCS Game 3— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 15, 2019
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It's hard to really blame the Nationals and their fans for poking some fun at Harper. You don't usually see a team embark on a deep postseason run after losing their star player in free agency, especially to a divisional foe. Of course Washington fans are going to have some fun in trolling Harper here.
Washington moved ahead 3-0 in the NLCS thanks to a complete gem from Stephen Strasburg. The three-time All-Star pitched seven innings and allowed zero earned runs while posting a whopping 12 strikeouts. They'll send Patrick Corbin to the mound in Game 4, while the Cardinals will rely on 16-game winner Dakota Hudson to keep their season alive.
Harper Better Get Used To This
The 27-year-old Harper can expect plenty of troll jobs from Nationals and baseball fans all over for the next several years. Even if Washington doesn't come away with the World Series, their fans will continue to mock Harper for choosing a divisional foe that didn't even make the playoffs. You wonder just how relieved Harper will be if the Nationals don't win the World Series.