My roommate Christopher and I went to Fenway this afternoon to see the Red Sox host the Washington Nationals.
Bryce Harper was not in the starting lineup. But I had a feeling he would not only make an appearance during the game but make an impact on it.
Sure enough in the top of 9th, with the game tied at 3-3, Harper was sent up to pinch hit and drew a walk. With two out in the inning, Roger Bernandina hit a double into shallow right field and Harper scored all the way from first to give the Nats a 4-3 lead. It would prove to be the winning run.
Most players in that situation would go from first to third but Harper had it in his head to go from first to home. But it was how he ran from first to home. It was like Secretariat had come back in human form. The only thing he left on the field was the imprint from his cleats.
After reaching a high water mark of 28-25 on June 2nd, the Red Sox have lost six of their last seven games including a three game sweep at the hands of the Nats. They are now six games back of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. Conversely, the Nats have a two game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
As for Harper, this will not be the last time I make a point of paying money to see him play.