Bryce Harper's Stats, Video Highlights from Phillies Debut After $330M Contract

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 28, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 28: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies runs onto the field before the game against the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park on March 28, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Exactly one month after signing his $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bryce Harper made his official debut for the team in a 10-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day.  

The crowd at Citizens Bank Park was all smiles, though Harper didn't provide many highlights during the game. He finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts; however, his intentional walk in the bottom of the seventh set up Rhys Hoskins' grand slam. 

Philadelphia Phillies @Phillies

Intentionally walk @bryceharper3 to load the bases for @rhyshoskins? Sure. #RingTheBell https://t.co/qCQT6Igjhs

Before the first pitch was thrown, Phillies fans sitting in right field showed their appreciation for Harper by greeting him with a standing ovation:


The gang greets Bryce Harper. #OpeningDay https://t.co/Pv20ME4Xue

That came after the entire stadium erupted into vociferous cheers during pregame introductions:


Philly loves Bryce. #OpeningDay https://t.co/N1slkiryII

It would be an understatement to say Harper has embraced his new role as Philadelphia's favorite major leaguer. The 2015 National League MVP played directly to the crowd by arriving at the stadium wearing a very Philly T-shirt:

Cespedes Family BBQ @CespedesBBQ

🚨🚨🚨 BRYCE’S SHIRT 🚨🚨🚨 https://t.co/5vm5qVLz8b

Harper followed up that piece of attire by wearing these customized cleats on the field:

Philadelphia Phillies @Phillies

.@bryceharper3: Philly guy. https://t.co/PYNejTtNEu

There wasn't 100 percent love throughout the day for Harper. His back-to-back strikeouts in his first two plate appearances did elicit some negative reactions:

Mark Feinsand @Feinsand

If you had "Under 2.5" on the number of at-bats it would take for Harper to hear any boos in Philly, you win! Bryce strikes out with a runner on third here in the fourth, brining out a handful of jeers. Not many, but not none, either.

Since Philadelphia isn't exactly known for its sports optimism, it's not a complete shock to see some people ready to turn on Harper immediately. 

The good news is the Phillies dominated the defending National League East champions in the season opener, and Harper still has 161 more games in 2019 to showcase the skills that landed him the second-richest contract in Major League Baseball history.