This one's on you, Nats fans, to give Bryce Harper a proper sendoff

Chris Lingebach
September 18, 2018 - 6:55 pm
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The Nationals have just seven home games left. Their final home game is Wednesday, Sept. 26 against the Marlins. It could be Nats fans' last chance to see Bryce Harper in a Washington uniform.

Mike Rizzo, during his weekly appearance with The Sports Junkies, was asked a tough question: Will the team acknowledge Harper possibly playing his last home game?

"I'm not sure what the plans are for that," said Rizzo, sponsored by Burke & Herbert Bank. "I would think that the fans will certainly recognize the season he's had and the way he's played for us and that type of thing. He's had a great season for us and a guy who's really carried us in the second half of the year.

"I think the fans will certainly acknowledge him. He's put together six good years for us in the big leagues and he's a guy that is really beloved by the fanbase."

While acknowledging he's not sure if the Nats have anything special planned, the GM's response suggests this one's on the fans. The true test of a strong fanbase, to be sure. Show up in droves, to thank a beloved player you've watched grow up in front of your eyes, for seven years of exhilarating baseball. You may never get this chance again.

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Thank him for the 184 homers and the 518 RBI. Thank him for four division titles, the 631-plus wins. For his glorious MVP campaign, and his first 900 games.

Thank him for giving you his youth.

"At the very minimum, there's gotta be a standing ovation for him," Jason Bishop said.

"I would imagine the fans are going to really embrace it and really acknowledge Harp," Rizzo said. "Like they did at the Home Run Derby. That was remarkable.

"And show him really what the D.C. fanbase thinks about Bryce Harper."

This one's on you, Nationals fans.

You only get one shot at this, so make it count.

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